Qualcomm Releases the Robotics RB5 Platform, following the CE Specification from Gold Member 96Boards for rapid prototyping

By June 17, 2020Announcements

Qualcomm, a longtime ecosystem partner of PX4, released the Qualcomm Robotics RB5 platform. The first of its kind to bring together 5G and AI to empower developers and manufacturers to create the next generation of high-compute, low-power robotics.

The Qualcomm Robotics RB5 Development Kit utilizes 96Boards Consumer Edition Specification, which helps offer versatility for creating innovative proofs-of-concept and rapid prototyping.

The Dronecode community of members and partners came together to support the Qualcomm Robotics RB5 platform’s announcement:

Platinum Member Auterion

“The new Qualcomm Robotics RB5 platform is a game-changer for drone and autonomous robotics, as its machine learning accelerators will allow adopters to replace manual inputs with AI,”

Dr. Lorenz Meier, chief executive officer, Auterion and Dronecode chairman.

Gold Member 96Boards

“We are very excited to support the Qualcomm Robotics RB5 platform as the latest addition to the 96Boards.AI initiative,” said Dr. Yang Zhang, director, 96Boards. “Qualcomm Robotics RB5 featuring QRB5165 Robotics Processor, is the first 96Boards compliant platform offering 5G, AI, Heterogeneous Computing, Computer Vision Engine, Advanced ISP Multi-Camera Concurrency for a large range of applications. With our partners, we believe this product will revolutionize the robotic and drone market as we know today. We are pleased to see our member Qualcomm Technologies continue to deliver its commitment to the wider developer ecosystem, with a clear path for production.” 

Dr. Yang Zhang, director, 96Boards.

Silver Member FLIR

“We believe the Qualcomm Robotics RB5 platform will offer a critical advantage for our next-generation unmanned systems,”

Roger Wells, vice president and general manager, unmanned systems and integrated solutions, FLIR.

Silver Member ModalAI

“The incredible amount of AI processing and 5G capabilities built into the Qualcomm Robotics RB5 platform will enable new autonomous drone experiences, such as navigating quickly through tight spaces while mapping the environment for objects of interest. We look forward to working with Qualcomm Technologies and integrating the Qualcomm Robotics RB5 platform to build off of our existing work with the Defense Innovation Unit to expand the capabilities of our sUAS platforms,”

Chad Sweet, chief executive officer, ModalAI.

Ecosystem Partner Open Robotics

“Open Robotics is the hub of a global community, creating and applying open software and hardware platforms for robotics. In our work we aim to lower the barrier to entry into the field for students, researchers, application developers, and entrepreneurs alike. So I’m excited to see the release of the Qualcomm Robotics RB5 platform, which will help to spur yet more innovation in robotics across a variety of application domains,”

Brian Gerkey, chief executive officer, Open Robotics.
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