Qualcomm, one of the world's leading makers of computer processors, has revealed details about a new chip it has created specifically for integration into drone technology.
With unmanned flying machines becoming increasing popular around the world, Qualcomm has created a chip it calls the Snapdragon Flight with a view to leading developments in the field.
The "system-on-a-chip" includes a 2.26GHz quad-core processor and a digital sensor processor designed to enable real-time control of airborne drones.
In addition, the chips are designed to enable global positioning, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity and the support of 4K video.
Qualcomm has said its Snapdragon Flight technology is now being made available worldwide, with the Chinese drone maker Yuneec, which was recently backed with $60 million by Intel, apparently its first official customer.
Drones have emerged dramatically in recent months as a popular consumer product but uses for the technology are also increasingly being identified in a wide variety of enterprise scenarios.