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Robotics from Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI) are designed to feature a small computing footprint while offering robust connectivity, advanced processing power, and power efficiency, which is helping open up new possibilities for autonomous machines supporting both consumer and industrial applications. Our software and hardware tools as outlined below, can help accelerate the development of your robotics solutions.


We have a number of resources available to help you create robotic solutions, and resources for different types of devices. These HDKs are dynamically featured development platforms designed to provide an ideal starting point for creating high-performance solutions:


To help support our hardware platforms, we also have a number of software resources available to help you create and optimize your robotic solutions:

  • Flight Control: The Qualcomm® Navigator SDK is designed to provide autonomous, vision-supported flight control for drones. It includes several built-in sensor calibration procedures as well as automatic flight logging and real-time introspection tools.
  • Neural Network Optimization: The Neural Processing SDK helps you optimize the performance of trained neural networks on devices powered by Snapdragon mobile platforms. Having this dedicated tool helps you determine how best to run your applications on device, without a connection to the cloud.
    The Neural Processing SDK supports the following frameworks:
  • Performance Optimization: Snapdragon Developer Tools to help you optimize your applications running on Snapdragon mobile platforms. It includes the Snapdragon Profiler and the Snapdragon Power Optimization SDK.
  • Specialized Core Optimization: SDKs for specific processor cores are also available:
    • Hexagon DSP SDK - suited for processing digital signals from the outside world in real time, like those generated by an embedded camera and microphone.
  • Visual Intelligence: The following SDKs help you utilize the capabilities of Qualcomm Technologies processors for Smart Camera and other vision-based solutions you create:
    • Machine Vision SDK - engineered to supply cutting-edge computer vision algorithms for localization, feature recognition, and obstacle detection on Qualcomm Technologies processors.
    • FastCV SDK - offers a mobile-optimized computer vision (CV) library that includes the most frequently used vision processing functions and helps you to add functionality like gesture recognition, face detection, and tracking.
  • FIRST Robotics: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology is an international not-for-profit K-12 organization founded to inspire young people’s interest and participation in STEM subjects. QTI is a strategic partner of FIRST and supporter of its programs, including the FIRST Tech Challenge, an annual robotics competition designed to engage future developers.


Explore these links about the latest trends and key features of robotics for more ideas and insight into your own projects:



Here you will find a number of quick tips and learning resources for programming and troubleshooting the Qualcomm Robotics RB3 development kit including the following topics:

  • Hardware Basics
  • Setting Up COM Port and Terminal
  • Setting Up Wi-Fi
  • Setting Up ADB over Wi-Fi
  • Flashing a New, Complete Image (from Thundercomm) onto the Board
  • Flashing a New, Complete Image (from Linaro) onto the Board
  • How to Install Docker on the Qualcomm Robotics RB3 development platform


Here is a great case study featuring a robotics solution from Misty Robotics and Lantronix that features the Qualcomm APQ8096SG and the Qualcomm APQ8016E.



Qualcomm Snapdragon, Qualcomm Flight Pro, Qualcomm Hexagon, Qualcomm Kryo, Qualcomm Neural Processing, Qualcomm Robotics RB3, Qualcomm Vision Intelligence, Qualcomm APQ8009, and Qualcomm Navigator are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.