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Qualcomm Launches 5G Drone Platform

Qualcomm has launched its Flight Platform in order to offer an easy reference platform for device makers.

The company’s QRB5165 processor is designed for drones – this latest move seems a bid to control the burgeoning market.

“We are proud to continue our momentum of enabling the digital transformation of global industries by unveiling the Qualcomm Flight RB5 5G Platform, a solution that is purpose-built for drone development with enhanced autonomy and intelligence features, bringing premium connected flight capabilities to industrial, enterprise and commercial segments,” said Dev Singh, General Manager of autonomous robotics, drones and intelligent machines at Qualcomm.

The company has been working closely with China Unicom, a Chinese state-owned company, which may hamper its ability to work with American companies.

“As one of our important collaborators, Qualcomm Technologies has been working with China Unicom to drive integration of 5G and IoT into vertical use cases and provide products such as 5G modules and 5G industrial gateways for automation and robotics use cases, with focused areas including industrial equipment, iron and steel manufacturing, transportation and port, mining and energy, and healthcare,” said Li Kai, Chief Product Officer, IoT division, China Unicom.

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