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Embedded World 2023: Qualcomm launches first 5G IoT processors that support four operating systems

14 March 2023

Qualcomm Technologies has introduced what it claims is the world’s first integrated 5G internet of things (IoT) processors that support four major operating systems.

The processors were launched at this week’s Embedded World 2023 trade show in Nuremberg, Germany.

The four major operating systems include:

  • Android
  • Linux
  • Ubuntu
  • Microsoft Windows IoT Enterprise

Qualcomm said these processors will help to expand connected intelligent edge devices, which is forecast to hit $116 billion by 2030, according to Precedence Research.

The two processors, called QCS6490 and QCM6490, are designed for a wide range of IoT applications to support 5G for global connectivity and geolocation. This includes IoT devices such as connected cameras like dashcams, edge boxes, industrial automation equipment, autonomous mobile robots and more.

Software defined

Qualcomm has also unveiled two other processors, called QCM5430 and QCS5430, designed for software defined IoT solutions.

These platforms can scale across IoT devices and deployment configurations for a visual environment like industrial handheld devices, retail equipment, mid-tier robots and connected cameras, AI edge boxes and more.

The processors support two cameras at up to 192 MP capture, up to five concurrent cameras and video encoding at up to 4K60. Additionally, it supports machine vision with low-power and advanced edge-AI processing.

Robotics platform

Finally, Qualcomm has unveiled two robotics platforms optimized for smaller devices and lower power consumption.

Called the Robotics RB1 platform and Robotics RB2 platform, the devices feature compute and AI-focused performance and communications technologies with built-in machine vision support for up to three cameras.

It supports cameras with up to 25 MP resolution and secure DSP and UI with support for additional peripheral standards such as UFS2.1, GPIO, UART and more. Wired and wireless connectivity support Wi-Fi, LTE, 5G, USB 3.1 Type-C, SD3.0 and EMMC v 5.1.

Embedded World 2023 takes place this week in Nuremberg, Germany.

To contact the author of this article, email PBrown@globalspec.com

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