Digitimes Research: Chipset vendors show growing interests in commercial drone market

Danny Kuo, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei 0

More chipset vendors have become more serious about the development of the commercial drone market and have come out with related IC parts targeting the emerging market, according to Digitimes Research.

Qualcomm has introduced its Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight platform for consumer drones and robotics applications. The Snapdragon Flight, which is based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, features 4K high resolution camera support, image enhancement and video processing capabilities.

Nvidia has also launched two chipset modules, the Tegra X1 and Jetson TX1, for consumer drone products. The two chipset modules feature strong graphics computing capability which can enhance the visual recognition applications of drones, Digitimes Research noted.

Both Qualcomm's and Nvidia's chipset platforms have been adopted by commercial drone makers. The difference is that the Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight solutions are being used as main controlling systems for high-end drones, while Nvidia's platforms are chosen as affixation systems, said Digitimes Research.

Digiitimes Research noted, however, that the drone market is young and that the role of vendors in the market has not been solidified at this point.