Qualcomm launches 5G and AI-enabled robotics platform


Qualcomm has unveiled its Robotics RB5 platform, which the company says is the world’s first 5G and AI-enabled robotics platform. The RB5 platform builds up on the Qualcomm Robotics RB3 platform, and is comprised of a set of hardware, software and development tools.

The RB5 platform’s Qualcomm QRB5165 processor, customized for robotics applications, offers a heterogeneous computing architecture coupled with the fifth-generation QualcommAI Engine, and can deliver 15 Tera Operations Per Second (TOPS) of AI performance, says Qualcomm.

The RB5 development kit offers support for Linux, Ubuntu and Robot Operating System (ROS) 2.0. It also provides support for OpenCL, OpenGLES and OpenCV. Additionally, it supports Intel RealSense Depth Camera D435i and Panasonic TOF Camera, according to Qualcomm.

Commercial products based on the Qualcomm Robotics RB5 platform are expected to be available in 2020.

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