Chipset Vendors in the Race to Develop AI-Enabled Chipsets for Robotics

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2Q 2019 | IN-5443


Qualcomm, NVIDIA, and Intel Are Building up Their Robotic Strategies


Chipset vendors are frantically racing to develop robot-specific hardware, driven by the unique requirements of autonomous machines, such as multi-robot control, Simultaneous Location and Mapping (SLAM), and improved power efficiency. This, in turn, is being driven by an acceleration of mobile robotics deployments both in and out of their main markets of manufacturing and logistics. Qualcomm’s recent announcement of its Robotics RB3 platform comes at a critical time of accelerating activity among chipset and compute vendors who want to take advantage of the voluminous growth in mobile and commercially viable robots.

Qualcomm already has a well-padded development strategy when it comes to robotics and has partners with some of the most well-known robotics companies; including Intuition Robotics and Anki’s Cosmo and Vector robotic toys. However, the Robotics RB3 is far more targeted. The Robotics RB3 platform is based on Qualcomm’s SDA/SDM845 System-on-a-Chip (SoC), integrating high-performance heterogeneous comp…

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