Qualcomm QRB5165 system-on-module is made for robotics applications

Lantronix Open-Q 5165RB is a tiny System-on-Module (SoM) based on the same Qualcomm QRB5165 octa-core IoT processor we’ve just seen in Qualcomm Flight RB5 5G Platform high-end drone reference design.

The ultra-compact (50x29mm) module comes with 8GB LPDDR5, 128GB UFS flash, multiple MIPI camera and display ports, WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1, and various I/Os.

Open-Q 5165RB SOMLantronix Open-Q 5165RB module specifications:

  • SoC – Qualcomm QRB5165 SoC built on 7nm technology with
    • Octa-core CPU with 1x Kryo Gold prime @ 2.84 GHz, 3x Kryo Gold @ 2.42 GHz, 4x Kryo Silver @ 1.81 GHz
    • Hexagon 698 DSP with quad Hexagon Vector eXtensions
    • Adreno™ 650 GPU @ up to  587 MHz
    • Spectra 480 Image Signal Processor
    • Adreno 665 Video Processing unit  – Decode up to 4K240/8K60, Encode up to 4K120/8K30, Concurrent 4K60 decode & 4K30 encode for wireless display
    • NPU230 Neural Processing unit
    • SPU240 Secure Processing unit
    • Up to 15 TOPS of combined AI performance
  • System Memory – 8GB LPDDR5 @ 2750MHz PoP
  • Storage – 128GB UFS
  • Wireless Connectivity – 802.11ax 2×2 MU-MIMO + Bluetooth 5.1, Bluetooth 5.2 (Milan) ready
  • 2x 100-pin + 1x 120-pin high-density board-to-board connectors with
    • Display Interfaces – Up to 3x 4K displays through
      • 2x 4-lane MIPI DSI D-PHY 1.2, up to 5040 × 2160 @ 60 fps (or 120 Hz in VR mode) + touchscreen support
      • DisplayPort v1.4 on USB Type-C, at 8.1 Gbps/lane, with USB3 and USB2 data concurrency
    • Camera
      • 3x 4-lane MIPI CSI camera ports + CCI I2C control
      • 64 MP 30 fps ZSL with a dual ISP
    • Audio
      • SoundWire, MI2S, DMIC, TDM/PCM interfaces
      • Supports WCD938x high fidelity audio codec and WSA881x speaker amp on carrier board
    • USB – 1x USB3.1 with support for Type-C + DisplayPort v1.4 with USB SS data concurrency, 1x USB 3.1 Type-A
    • 1x PCIe Gen3 2-lane
    •  I/O Interfaces – 4-bit SD 3.0, UART, I2C, I3C, SPI, configurable GPIOs, sensor I/O to dedicated Hexagon sensor DSP
  • Power Supply – Power management and battery charging solution on SOM
  • Input voltage – 3.7V nominal
  • Dimensions – 50 x 29 mm
  • Temperature Range – -25 to +85°C
Qualcomm QRB5165 SoM WiFi 6 Shield
With shield on the wireless module

If you wonder why you’d see Open-Q 865 SOM on the silkscreen of the module, that’s because Qualcomm QRB5165 must be pin-to-pin compatible with Snapdragon 865, but optimized for robotics, so the same PCB as the earlier Open-Q 865 SOM and Open-Q 865XR SOM (Snapdragon XR2) has been re-used.


Lantronix provides Ubuntu 18.04 with Linux 4.19 and ROS2 (Robot Operating System v2) support, with Gstreamer, Video4Linux (V4L2), Docker…, as well as the GCC and LLVM toolchains for development. Artificial Intelligence functions are supported through Qualcomm Neural Processing SDK, Computer Vision SDK, Neural Networks API, and TensorFlow Lite.

The company also provides a mini-ITX development kit with optional display and camera for evaluation and software development. It comes with headers and ports to leverage all functions of the modules. You can check the specifications of the Open-Q 865 mini carrier board for details.

Qualcomm QRB5165 development boardThe Open-Q 5165RB SOM can be pre-ordered now for $580 plus shipping, while the devkit goes for $399 without module, camera, nor display.  Further information may be found on the product page including a datasheet (that requires registration before download).

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