QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) revealed some important developments for upcoming chips this past week, with a key focus on chips that will facilitate easier robotics and 5G-enabled smartphone processors that will be affordably priced.
Qualcomm is the leading global manufacturer when it comes to the production of SOCs for the smartphone industry. The company has demonstrated its focus on dominating the mobile platform, and it wants to make 5G available even to midrange devices through the development of cheaper 5G-capable smartphone processors. The technology is currently only accessible through upper-tier smartphones, otherwise known as flagships.
The U.S-based chipmaker revealed that it is working on a 5G-enabled processor with the Snapdragon 690 designation. The company pointed out that the processor will mainly target devices that will be priced between $300 and $500. Qualcomm also revealed that Motorola, Lenovo, LG Electronics, and HMD Global will be among the smartphone manufacturers that will debut smartphones featuring the 5G-ready Snapdragon 690 processors.
Qualcomm to introduce new chips that will make robotics integration easier
The processor manufacturer also announced plans to launch chipsets that will make robotics significantly easier. Programming a processor to work perfectly with sensors and other mechanical parts involved in robotics can be a daunting task. Still, Qualcomm wants to make it easier through its upcoming chips. The company aims to add software into chipsets in line with its goal of attracting robotics developers.
Qualcomm is already working with numerous companies to integrate vital robotics elements into the processors. The company has also introduced its RB5 development kits to help developers achieve the intended purpose.
“We understand the pain points, trying to cobble it all together, the development cycle and the R&D would be significant to do it all of it by themselves,” stated Dev Singh, the executive in charge of intelligent machines, drones, and robotics division at Qualcomm.
The focus on making processors that will be easier for robotics developers to work with is an important step forward for the segment. It will allow developers to focus less on programming the chips, allowing them to focus more on the capabilities of the devices they will be working with.