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ModalAI to Distribute Qualcomm’s 5G and AI-Enabled Drone Platform

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August 17, 2021

ModalAI has announced it will be the manufacturer and distributor of Qualcomm Technologies’ 5G and AI-enabled drone platform and reference design. The Qualcomm Flight RB5 5G Platform is available now for pre-order at the ModalAI website.

The Qualcomm Flight RB5 5G Platform is a development environment that developers and OEMS can use to build drone and flight applications based on Qualcomm’s QRB5165 System-on-a-Chip (SoC). The QRB5165 SoC supports autonomous flight using 5G cellular technology and the fifth generation Qualcomm Artificial Intelligence Engine.

“As a global digital transformation leader, Qualcomm Technologies is committed to providing on-device intelligence and premium connectivity drone solutions that will unleash innovation across industries, helping to develop smaller, lighter and safer drones,” said Dev Singh, senior director, business development and general manager of autonomous robotics, drones and intelligent machines at Qualcomm. “We are pleased to work with ModalAI as our distributor to scale these solutions.”

ModalAI said it worked with Qualcomm to design and develop the Qualcomm Flight RB5 5G Platform and reference design, and plans to distribute and support it through its lifecycle with open-source software and applications.

“Autonomous flight on the 5G network is here now – extending the flight path of drones to increase the value of a broad set of inspection capabilities,” said Chad Sweet, CEO of ModalAI. “Better yet, the platform is open to everyone. Together, ModalAI and Qualcomm Technologies are advancing the adoption and commercialization of drone technology.”

The technology in the platform is purpose-built for autonomous drones, ModalAI said, giving developers an easy-to-use platform to create premium drones right out of the box. WIth high computing and ultra-low power consumption and advanced technologies such as AI, machine learning and Visual Inertial Odometry (VIO), the Qualcomm Flight RB5 5G drone reference design supports longer flight time and runs more applications simultaneously.

The platform and reference design includes an airframe, integrated circuit board with QRB5165 processor, heterogeneous computing at low-power with AI, 5G and long-range WI-Fi 6 connectivity that delivers 15 TOPS and supports seven-camera concurrency. For more details on the platform, visit the ModalAI website here.

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