Qualcomm unveils smarter, safer autonomous industrial robots

As 5G continues to do wonders for businesses, Qualcomm is ensuring that it also continues to be part of the excitement. As the chip company continues to innovate the industry with its chipsets for mobile devices, it has also enabled 5G to grow and revolutionize the robotics industry.

5G should already take robotics to a whole new level with more capabilities. From healthcare to manufacturing, modern robotics, including collaborative robots (or cobots) and automated robotics, are becoming increasingly important in solving tasks. In fact, the global industrial robot market was valued at US$43.8 billion in 2021 and is projected to reach US$70.6 billion by 2028.

Recognizing this, many companies including Qualcomm are striving to develop more robotic solutions to meet more use cases and growing demand from different sectors in various industries. With a focus on logistics and air mobility, Qualcomm is working on 5G and premium robotics, drones and AI-enabled smart machine solutions that will enable more productive, intelligent and advanced robots, opening new new possibilities with critical intelligence and maximum efficiency.

At its annual 5G Summit event, Qualcomm unveiled an expanded roadmap of industry-leading 5G robotics and AI solutions with the introduction of the Qualcomm Robotics RB6 Platform and Qualcomm RB5 AMR Reference Design.

Intended to support the creation of more productive, autonomous and advanced robots, the latest advanced artificial intelligence and robotics solutions from Qualcomm Technologies will help unlock new business realities including AMRs, delivery robots, highly… automated systems, collaborative robots, UAM aircraft, industrial drone infrastructure, autonomous defense solutions and beyond.

New technologies should unlock cutting-edge applications and possibilities to create smarter and safer robots and environments. This includes increased autonomy for delivery robots roaming the streets and seamless coordination of fleet management between AMRs in industrial spaces. It will also enable real-time data and insights to drive critical decisions across manufacturing and logistics, as well as provide next-generation intelligence to support safe and efficient urban air travel. autonomous.

The Qualcomm Robotics RB6 Platform and Qualcomm RB5 AMR Reference Design will support scalable applications for OEMs and robot manufacturers looking to integrate ground robots into industrial use cases across all industries, including government service applications, logistics, healthcare, retail, warehousing, agriculture, construction, utilities. , and more. The new solutions will accelerate the digital transformation of industries and serve as a key enabler for Industry 4.0.

The Qualcomm Robotics RB6 platform (Source – Qualcomm)

“Building on the successful growth and traction of Qualcomm Technologies’ cutting-edge robotics solutions, our expanded solutions roadmap will help bring enhanced AI and 5G technologies to support smarter, safer and more advanced innovations in the robotics, drones and smart machines,” said Dev Singh, senior director of business development and head of autonomous robotics, drones and smart machines at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

For Singh, Qualcomm is powering robotic innovations with 5G connectivity and cutting-edge artificial intelligence that will transform the way companies think about and approach ever-changing industry challenges and expectations in the digital economy.

The Qualcomm Robotics RB6 Platform sits at the next level of robotics solutions from Qualcomm Technologies, delivering expanded capabilities that take enterprise and industrial robotics innovation to the next level with enhanced AI and 5G. The new solution provides industry-leading 5G connectivity with support for global sub-6GHz and mmWave bands in consumer, enterprise and private networks.

As the robotics platforms have a flexible architecture with expansion cards, they will be able to support scalable connectivity features allowing the Qualcomm Robotics RB6 platform to support 3GPP Release 15 and Releases features 16, 17 and 18 as cards become available in the future. . The elevated platform offers best-in-class advanced video processing and artificial intelligence capabilities thanks to the enhanced Qualcomm AI engine, with support for 70 to 200 trillion operations per second (TOPS) (INT8).

Meanwhile, the Qualcomm RB5 AMR Reference Design is the world’s first AMR Reference Design to deliver enhanced AI and tightly integrated 5G capabilities. This new solution helps accelerate the development of commercial, enterprise and industrial robots, unlocking innovative possibilities for industries looking to adopt robotic solutions and reap the benefits of smart connected edge solutions.

Aaron Raj

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