Qualcomm launches its first dedicated RB3 platform for robots

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Following the launch of Snapdragon 8CX 5G chip which integrates 5G mobile communication, Qualcomm launched a dedicated platform RB3 for the robotics field. Qualcomm said the platform has highly optimized hardware, software, and development tools which are designed to help manufacturers and developers build next-generation consumer and industrial-grade robots.

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The Qualcomm RB3 dedicated platform is based on the Snapdragon 845 SoC and it integrates heterogeneous computing, 4G/LTE, Qualcomm AI Engine machine learning and computer vision recognition. In addition, Qualcomm also considers the robot’s need for high-performance sensors, equipped with a rangefinder for positioning, mapping, and navigation. It is reported that Qualcomm RB3 dedicated platform supports Linux and ROS (Robot Operating System), developers can use the Qualcomm Neural Processing software development kit for customization. At the same time, the future dedicated platform will also support the Ubuntu Linux operating system.

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With the launch of Qualcomm RB3 dedicated platform, more than 20 robot companies such as LG and Naver are ready to use the platform for related development. Not surprisingly, we will be able to see robots based on this platform debut before the end of this year. At present, Qualcomm has already provided the corresponding development kit and RB3 specific configuration information on its official website and plans to add support for the 5G network to the platform later this year, bringing lower latency Internet of Things (IoT) to robots and industrial machines. application.

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