Qualcomm Announces Seven New IoT Solutions, Purpose-Built to Drive Global Digital Transformation Across Industries

By Tiera Oliver

Associate Editor

Embedded Computing Design

June 10, 2021


Qualcomm Announces Seven New IoT Solutions, Purpose-Built to Drive Global Digital Transformation Across Industries
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Qualcomm Technologies is enabling an IoT ecosystem of 13,000+ IoT customers to date, helping to accelerate the digital transformation and development of connected products.

Qualcomm Technologies extended its support for the IoT ecosystem by introducing seven new solutions to help enable the proliferation of next-generation IoT devices: Qualcomm QCS8250, Qualcomm QCS6490/ QCM6490, Qualcomm QCS4290/ QCM4290, and the Qualcomm QCS2290/ QCM2290.

These solutions range from entry-level to premium tier to expand access to a range of industrial and commercial applications. These latest IoT solutions from Qualcomm Technologies are purpose-built to help meet the needs of the expanding IoT ecosystem for key segments including transportation and logistics, warehousing, video collaboration, smart cameras, retail, healthcare, and more.

The seven new IoT solutions offer suitable capabilities for a range of smart devices and connected solutions with extended life hardware and software options for achieving long-term support for a minimum of eight years:

Qualcomm QCS8250 | Target applications: connected healthcare, digital signage, retail, and video collaboration

The Qualcomm QCS8250 is Qualcomm Technologies’ next-generation offering, enabling compute intensive AI at the edge with support for Qualcomm Wi-Fi 6 solutions and 5G connectivity. This solution is designed to deliver suitable performance through the Qualcomm Kryo 585 CPU architecture, the Qualcomm Artificial Intelligence (AI) Engine, and image signal processor (ISP) to support up to 7 concurrent cameras with encode at up to 4K resolution at 120 frames per second. This solution offers a new Neural Processing Unit (NPU) for intuitive AI in addition to machine learning for compute-intensive IoT applications to enable smart cameras, video collaboration, AI hubs, connected healthcare, and smart retail. Purpose-built for industrial and commercial applications, this platform offers options enabled by our 3rd party ecosystem to accelerate deployment and commercialization at scale.

Qualcomm QCS6490/QCM6490 | Target applications: connected healthcare, logistics management, retail, transportation, and warehousing

The Qualcomm QCS6490 and Qualcomm QCM6490 are Qualcomm Technologies’ first optimized IoT solutions built to deliver global 5G connectivity and Wi-Fi 6E for IoT devices. With the Kryo 670 CPU architecture this solution delivers suitable performance and is purpose-built for industrial and commercial IoT applications such as transportation, warehousing, connected healthcare, logistics management, and across retail point of sale (POS) kiosks. Equip to support 5G mmWave/Sub-6 GHz and Wi-Fi 6E, this solution helps enable the latest generation of ruggedized handhelds and tablets, industrial scanners, and human machine interface systems. Through suitable connections, reduced latency, along with dynamic triple ISPs, and advanced Edge-AI and compute based on 6th generation Qualcomm AI Engine, this solution delivers suitable performance at reduced power compared to previous generation solutions.

Qualcomm QCS4290/QCM4290 | Target applications: cameras, industrial handhelds, and security panels

The Qualcomm QCS4290 and Qualcomm QCM4290 feature the Kryo 260 CPU architecture for increased speeds and robust on-device performance. In addition to the 3rd generation Qualcomm AI Engine, this platform delivers suitable performance, dynamic camera capabilities, and broad connectivity options (LTE Cat13, Wi-Fi 6-Ready), ideal for industrial and commercial IoT applications such as industrial handhelds in logistics and warehousing, security panels, and cameras. For increased intuitive on-device intelligence, devices based on this new solution are designed to enable productive and efficient work environments.

Qualcomm QCS2290/QCM2290 | Target applications: camera applications, industrial handhelds, retail and tracking  

The Qualcomm QCS2290 and Qualcomm QCM2290 are robust entry-level offerings, enabling reliable performance and power-conservation with LTE connectivity, upgraded features, and memory support for low power consumption. Equipped with the Cortex A53 CPU architecture, the entry-level platform is a cost-effective solution. This platform is well-suited for, retail point-of-sale (POS), industrial handheld, tracking, and camera applications. Also, QCS2290/QCM2290 baseband chip is pin-to-pin compatible with QCS4290/QCM4290 which helps customers utilize hardware and software across various IoT devices.

The Qualcomm QCS8250, Qualcomm QCS4290/ QCM4290, and Qualcomm QCS2290/ QCM2290 solutions are available now. The Qualcomm QCS6490/ QCM6490 solution are expected to be available in second half of 2021.

For more information, visit: https://www.qualcomm.com/news/


Tiera Oliver, Associate Editor for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits, product news, and constructing stories. She also assists with newsletter updates as well as contributing and editing content for ECD podcasts and the ECD YouTube channel. Before working at ECD, Tiera graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.S. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university’s student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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