Chip-sets driving next gen UAVs

Chip-sets driving next gen UAVs

Drone technology is finding its way in many applications from avionics, military to hobbyists etc. Recent Kerala and 2015 Chennai floods have seen extensive use of UAV (unmanned aerial aircraft). Processing capabilities of these UAVs are improving. Hardware supporting these technologies are also growing rapidly. Recently a team at MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science has designed a computer chip, called "Navion" that is 20 square millimeters but consumes only 24 milliwatts of power, consuming one thousand times less than your average light bulb. The chip can process camera images at up to 171 frames per second and calculate inertial measurements in real time, and uses both bits of information to figure out it’s location. The new chip, can be used in “nanodrones” and help navigate them, especially in remote areas where GPS signals are usually intermittent or completely inaccessible. Also Airbus has developed a new chip set that supports technology designed to make drones easier to detect, helps to improve airspace safety when drones are in use. It uses a Global Navigation Satellite System transmitter and receiver in conjunction with the new chip set developed and built by Airbus telecommunications technicians. The system mixes intelligent swarming capabilities, automatic guidance, navigation and control.