Qualcomm Makes Aerial Market Foray with Snapdragon Flight

September 21, 2015, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

After having put us on a wait for the debut of Snapdragon 820 chipset all this summer, we are now having a plot-twist with a surprise launch.

And it seems like the chipset makers have finally decided to foray into the aerial drone business.

A new announcement was made by Qualcomm, which now brings forward their first ever attempt to step in to the world of commercial drones.

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Known as Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight, their new product is a single-piece board that gets powered by Snapdragon 801 SoC to meet what it takes to have commercial drones powered up.

The computed board, with its high-end spec-lineup, has been specifically designed to be fitted in high-end drones in the commercial sector and will boast features like 4K video recording, GPS navigation with obstacle avoidance, Wi-Fi/ Bluetooth connectivity and real-time flight controls.

With a 2.26GHz CPU and an integrated Adreno 330 graphics, the Snapdragon 801 SoC will also have a dedicated media processing hardware, which will improve the on-board image and video capturing sessions with features like image and video stabilization, 4K recording, and image enhancements.

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Besides bringing in technological advancements, Qualcomm has also managed to keep the design compact, so as to reduce the net weight of drones, improving the flight time along with the process.

They will also be opening up the possibilities of customization in the computer board for the developers so as to make the best out of their latest brainchild.

The first batch of drones with the new Snapdragon Flight computer boards will be making its commercial entry during the early half of 2016.

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