Qualcomm® Robotics RB3 Platform(SDA845)

The Qualcomm Robotics RB3 development kit supports the development of smart, power-efficient and cost-effective robots by combining high-performance heterogeneous computing, Qualcomm®Artificial Intelligence (AI) Engine for on-device machine learning, computer vision, vault-like security, multimedia and Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity (4G/LTE and CBRS). Comprised of a comprehensive set of software & hardware, including the industry’s best performing 6-Axis Motion Sensor (ICM-42688), Top Port PDM Microphone (ICS-41351), and Barometric Pressure Sensor (ICP-10101) from TDK InvenSense.The Qualcomm Robotics RB3 development kit is designed to help manufacturers and developers create robotic products ranging from large industrial and enterprise robots to small battery-operated one’s with challenging power and thermal dissipation requirements.


Qualcomm® Robotics RB3 Platform

Dedicated platform build smart, power-efficient and cost-efficient robots

The Qualcomm Robotics RB3 development kit includes the purpose-built robotics-focused DragonBoard™ 845c development board, based on the Qualcomm® SDA845 processor and compliant with the 96Boards open hardware specification to support a broad range of mezzanine-board expansions.

The Qualcomm SDA845 processor is a heterogeneous computing architecture and integrates an Octa Core Qualcomm ® Kryo™ CPU with performance up to 2.8GHz a Qualcomm® Adreno™ 630 Visual Processing Subsystem (including GPU, VPU and DPU), and a Qualcomm ® Hexagon™ 685 DSP with Hexagon Vector Extensions (HVX) delivering sophisticated, on-device AI processing and mobile-optimized computer vision (CV) capabilities for perception, navigation and manipulation.

The development board supports Linux and Robotics Operating System (ROS), while also including support for the Qualcomm® Neural Processing software development kit (SDK) for advanced on-device AI, the Qualcomm ® Computer Vision Suite, the Qualcomm ® Hexagon DSP SDK, and AWS RoboMaker.

The kit includes:

  • Robotics DragonBoard™ 845c development board featuring Qualcomm® SDA/SDM845 processor and compliant with the 96Boards open hardware specification
  • Qualcomm Robotics navigation mezzanine featuring time-of-flight, tracking camera, active stereo camera and main camera, which is compliant with 96Boards open hardware specification
  • Sensor support including the industry’s best performing ICM-42688 6-Axis High Performance Motion Sensor, ICS-41351 Top Port Digital Microphone, and ICP-10101 Barometric Pressure Sensor from TDK InvenSense
  • Qualcomm Robotics cellular mezzanine (optional)
  • Multi-Mic support
  • Power supply

Robotics RB3 Applications

Service Robot

Industrial Robot/Control

Automated Guided Vehicle

Self-driving Vehicle for logistics

Consumption/Entertainment Robot

Industrial Drone

Qualcomm® Robotics RB3 Platform Highlights

On-device intelligence powered by Qualcomm Artificial Intelligence (AI) Engine

The Qualcomm Robotics RB5 Platform supports the leading 5th generation Qualcomm AI Engine with the brand-new Qualcomm Hexagon™ Tensor Accelerator, pushing 15 trillion operations per second(TOPS) with maximum efficiency to run complex AI and deep learning workloads at the Edge.

Power efficient and cost-effective

The Qualcomm ® Robotics RB3 Platform is designed to support large industrial and enterpriseenterprise robot’s as well as small battery-operated robots with challenging power and thermal dissipation requirements.

Comprehensive development kit

The kit includes the robotics-focused development board, compliant with the 96Boards open hardware specification for supporting a broad range of mezzanine-board expansions and range of sensor support like camera sensor, depth camera, time-of-flight, multi-mic support, GMSL sensor, Ultrasonic Time-of-Flight Sensor with Extended Range and support for additional sensors like IMU, pressure sensor etc.

Flexible design options for commercialization

In addition to a feature packed development kit, the platform offers a range of solutions for commercialization from off-the-shelf System-on-Module (SoM) solutions to speed commercialization, to the flexibility for chip-on-board designs for cost-optimization at scale.

High Resolution depth sensing

Robust depth sensing solution infused with an inertial measurement unit (IMU) using depth camera.

Time-of-Flight (ToF) camera

Time-of-flight for gestures and hand tracking use cases

Tracking Camera

Perception and Navigation using Tracking Camera Sensor module to do visual simultaneous localization and mapping (vSLAM).

Advanced security

Qualcomm ®Secure Processing Unit, hardware root of trust, trusted execution environment, secure boot, camera security

Sensor Core

Support for multiple sensors and 3rd party algorithms through Sensor Software Framework


Wi-Fi integrated 802.11ac 2x2 with MU-MIMO and support for cellular mezzanines for LTE and CBRS

Robotics RB3 Feature Demo

Qualcomm’s Robotics RB3 Platform with ROS has been seamlessly integrated with and drives Kobuki mobile research base. RB3 platform’s ToF camera or structured light camera can be used for depth mapping and development of navigation algorithms to drive the Kobuki. RB3 platform’s tracking camera can be used for visual simultaneous location and mapping (vSLAM), and the high resolution camera can be used for video recording.

Compatible With

Specifications of the Robotics DragaonBoard™ 845c

Component Qualcomm® Robotics RB3 Development Kit
SoC Qualcomm® SDA845
CPU SDA845 8x Kryo 385 CPU, up to 2.8 GHz
GPU Qualcomm® Adreno™ 630 GPU with support for Open GL ES 3.2 and Open CL 2.0
DSP Qualcomm® Hexagon™ 685 DSP with 3rd Gen Vector Extensions
ISP Qualcomm® Spectra™ 280 Image Signal Processor with new architecture for 14-bit image signal processing
Memory LPDDR4x, 4x16 bit; up to 1866MHz, 4GB RAM
Storage 64GB UFS 2.1 on-board storage and 1 x MicroSD card slot
Ethernet 1x GbE Ethernet
Wireless Wi-Fi integrated 802.11ac 2x2 with MU-MIMO; Tri-band Wi-Fi: 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz with Dual Band Simultaneous (DBS).
Location GPS, Glonass, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS, and SBAS
USB 1 x USB 2.0 Micro B (Debug only)
1 x USB 3.0 Type C (OTG mode)
2x USB 3.0 Type A (Host mode only)
Display Two 4-lane DSI, D-PHY 1.2 or C-PHY 1.0; VESA DSC 1.1
1 x HDMI 1.4 (Type A - full) connector
Video Ultra HD Premium video capture @ 4K (3840x2160) 60fps, 10bit HDR, Rec 2020 color gamut; H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC) and VP9 support; Slow motion HEVC video encoding of either HD (720p) video up to 480fps or FHD (1080p) up to 240fps
Audio MP3; WMA 9/Pro
Camera Single HFR 16 MPix camera at 60fps ZSL, Dual 16 MPix cameras at 30fps ZSL, Single 32 MPix camera at 30fps ZSL
Sensor ICM-42688 6-Axis High Performance Motion Sensor, ICS-41351 Top Port Digital Microphone, and ICP-10101 Barometric Pressure Sensor from TDK InvenSense.
Expansion Interfaces 2 x 60 pin High-Speed connectors , 2 x 40 pin Low-Speed connectors, 1 x 20 pin Low-Speed connector
LED 7 x LED indicators
Button Power ,Volume Up/Down,Force Usb Boot, DIP Switch
Power Source 12V@2.5A adapter with a DC plug
OS Support LE
Size 85mm by 54 mm

Specialized Solutions

  • Software Support for Linux and Robot Operating System (ROS)
  • Qualcomm® Neural Processing SDK: optimizing deep learning processing performance across available resources to achieve superior edge computing experience.
  • Qualcomm FastCV Computer Vision SDK: Offers a mobile-optimized computer vision (CV) library which enables new user experiences like gesture recognition, face detection, tracking and recognition, text recognition and tracking and augmented reality.
  • Qualcomm® Hexagon DSP SDK: The Hexagon™ SDK is designed to optimize the features and performance of multimedia software.
  • Qualcomm® Secure Processing Unit (SPU) offers vault-like security that safeguards your facial data, iris scan and other biometric data.

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Qualcomm® Robotics RB3 Platform (Basic Kit)
Package List: Robotics DragonBoard™ 845c + Qualcomm Robotics Navigation Mezzanine board + Bracket + Main camera (OV8856) + Tracking camera (OV7251) + 100mm coax cable x 1 & 50mm coax cable x 2 + Adapter + Quick Start Guide

Qualcomm® Robotics RB3 Platform