Qualcomm Flight™ Pro Reference Platform: High-end Performance Capabilities for Drones and Robotics

By on December 29, 2018
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Intrinsyc Technologies Corporation announced the distribution of Qualcomm Flight™ Pro Reference Platform with high-end performance capabilities to advance consumer drones and robotics. Intrinsyc has opened pre-orders at $949, with shipments due in early January.

The new board is smaller than a credit card (75x36mm) and brings together photography, video, navigation, and communication technologies on a single board. Qualcomm Flight Pro reference platform runs Linux on a Snapdragon 820 with WiFi, BT, GNSS, IMUs, 4x cameras, and optional motor board.

The system runs on a Linux 3.18 and Yocto/OpenEmbedded based stack with SDK, a Docker container, and support for the Robot Operating System (ROS). An optional Qualcomm Navigator SDK supports autonomous, vision-supported WiFi-based flight controls with advanced flight modes, built-in sensor calibration, and automatic flight logging. The SDK supports assisted flight modes, including VISLAM and DFS, based on the Qualcomm machine vision SDK.


Main Board: SoC – Qualcomm® APQ8096SG


  • UFS: 32 GB, UFS 2.0, HS-G3 1-Lane
  • SD Card: 4-bit microSD slot


  • IMU (Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Compass): Dual Invensense MPU9250
  • Pressure sensor (Barometer): Bosch BMP280
  • Off-Board/External: I2C and UART on several connectors for expansion.

Connectivity: Pre-certified WLAN/BT Module – Qualcomm® QCA6174A 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO BT 4.2


  • Onboard: Qualcomm® WGR7640 GNSS solution
  • Offboard: UBlox GPS module (Third-party accessory)

LEDs: RGB and discrete Red and Green LEDs for on-board status.

Debugging: UART via expansion connector and USB-serial adapter cable


  • One High Resolution forward-facing camera: 13MP IMX214 Sony sensor in KLT Module, 4K at 30 fps, MIPI 4-lane CSI-0 interface
  • One Downward Facing Camera: OV7251 OmniVision sensor in Sunny MD102A module – B & W VGA Sensor – MIPI 1+1-Lane CSI-2
  • Two Stereo Cameras: OV7251 OmniVision sensor in Sunny GP161C module – B & W VGA Sensor – MIPI 1-Lane CSI-1

Additional Development Kit Components:

  • Advanced Power Module (APM) Cable:
  • Smart and advanced power supply converter board configured into a cable, to connect power to Qualcomm Flight Platform from either the provided 5V DC power supply or a 2S-6S LiPo battery (regulated to 5V)
  • The cable circuitry prioritizes the 5V DC external supply whenever present, and secondly the battery
  • Serial Console Adapter – Custom UART – USB adapter to support standard Linux console interface
  • Custom FTDI Debug Cable – Cable (only 3 pins instead of the 6 provided by FTDI) with standard-A type USB plug for connecting the serial console adapter to Qualcomm Flight Platform.
  • 5V DC power supply


  • Yocto OpenEmbedded-based build system
  • Linux kernel 3.18
  • Apps development through SDK (cross-compiler toolchain) and Docker container
  • Compatible with Qualcomm Navigator SDK (available separately from Qualcomm Technologies).

Qualcomm Flight Pro documentation is also available on GitHub.


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