New SMARC Module for High-Performance Robots and Drones

By Phoebe Grinter / 08 Dec 2021
LEC-RB5 SMARC Module

ADLINK Technology Inc. has released the LEC-RB5 SMARC module, the company’s first SMARC Artificial Intelligence (AI)-on-Module based on a Qualcomm Technologies processor. 

The Qualcomm QRB5165 processor has been designed for robotics and drones applications and integrates several Internet of Things (IoT) technologies in a single solution. 

The LEC-RB5 SMARC module provides on-device AI capabilities, support for up to 6 cameras, and low power consumption. It is capable of powering robots and drones in consumer, enterprise, defense, industrial and logistics sectors.

“This high performing SMARC module is a good option for the next generation of high-compute, low power robots and drones,” said Henri Parmentier, Senior Product Manager, ADLINK. “It empowers customers to do everything they need for complex AI and deep learning workloads at the edge without relying on the cloud.”

The LEC-RB5 SMARC module provides the capability to build powerful robots for use in harsh industrial conditions and in temperatures that range from -30° to +85°C. 

The LEC-RB5 SMARC module features:

  • Qualcomm Kryo 585 CPU (8x Arm Cortex-A77 cores)
  • Qualcomm Hexagon Tensor Accelerator (HTA) running up to 15 Trillion Operations Per Second (TOPS)
  • Six cameras support: MIPI CSI cameras CSI0 (2 lanes) and CSI1 (4 lanes)
  • Low power consumption: less than 12W
  • 82 x 50 mm small size form factor

The LEC-RB5 is part of ADLINK’s portfolio of SMARC form factors that support both ARM and x86 designs. The module provides enhancements for Computer Vision (CV) applications with reduced latencies for real time image processing decisions, freeing up capacity for other critical AI applications while delivering mobile-optimized CV experiences. 

Hardware acceleration for advanced CV applications with on-device AI capable of running complex AI and deep learning workloads with low power makes the LEC-RB5 SMARC module advantageous for a wide variety of industrial and consumer applications.

“Qualcomm Technologies’ portfolio of leading robotics and drones solutions is driving next-generation use cases including autonomous deliveries, mission critical use cases, commercial and enterprise drone applications and more,” said Dev Singh, Senior Director, Business Development and General Manager of Robotics, Drones and Intelligent Machines, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “The Qualcomm QRB5165 solution supports the development of next generation high-compute, AI-enabled, low power robots and drones for the consumer, enterprise, defense, industrial and professional service sectors that can be connected by 5G. The ADLINK LEC-RB5 SMARC module will support the proliferation of 5G in robotics and intelligent systems.”

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