Lantronix Open-Q 2210RB and 4210RB SiPs for robotics power RB1/RB2 development kit

What comes after Qualcomm Robotics RB3, RB5, and RB6 platforms? Apparently, it’s Qualcomm Robotics RB1 and RB2 platforms powered by Qualcomm QRB2210 and Qualcomm QRB4210 processors respectively and optimized for cheaper, smaller robots with lower power consumption.

But Qualcomm is one of the lamest companies known to man, so they did not include any photos when announcing the Robotics RB1 and RB2 platforms, so I’ll focus this post on Lantronix Open-Q 2210RB and 4210RB system-in-packages (SiP) based on the same processors, as well as the Open-Q RB1/RB2 development kit.

Open-Q 2210RB and 4210RB SiP

Open-Q 2210RB and Open-Q 4210RB SiP

The new system-in-packages are very similar to the earlier Open-Q 2290CS and 4290CS SIPs for industrial IoT and machine vision applications, with the only difference being the Qualcomm processor used, so I invite you to read the earlier post for the full details, and I’ll just provide summaries here.

Open-Q 2210RB key features:

  • SoC – Qualcomm QRB2210
    • CPU – Quad-core Cortex-A53 processor at up to 2.0 GHz
    • GPU – Adreno 702 GPU at 845 MHz with support for OpenGL ES 3.1, Vulkan 1.1, OpenCL 2.0
    • Hexagon QDSP6 v66 DSP
    • 1080p 30 fps encode / 1080p 30fps decode
  • System Memory – 2GB LPDDR4
  • Storage – 16GB eMMC flash
  • Wireless – WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0
  • GNSS – Glonass, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS, NavIC
  • LGA pads with display, camera, audio, USB 3.1, and low-speed interfaces
  • Dimensions – 36 x 36 x 2.76mm

Open-Q 4210RB key features:

  • SoC – Qualcomm QRB4210
    • CPU – Octa-core Qualcomm Kryo 260 at up to 2.0 GHz
    • GPU – Qualcomm Adreno 610 with OpenGL ES 3.1, Vulkan 1.1, OpenCL 2.0
    • DSP – Qualcomm Hexagon 683
    • VPU
      • Decode: Up to 1080p60 8-bit H.264, 1080p60 8-bit HEVC (H.265), VP9
      • Encode: Up to 1080p60 8-bit HEVC (H.265), 1080p60 8-bit H.264
    • AI – Up to 1.7 TOPS
  • Memory – 2 to 6GB LPDDR4
  • Storage – 16 to 256GB eMMC
  • Wi-Fi 6 with TWT, and Bluetooth 5.1
  • GNSS- GPS, Glonass, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS, NavIC
  • Audio codec – WCD9370
  • LGA pads with display, camera, audio, USB 3.1, and low-speed interfaces
  • Dimensions – 36 x 36 x 2.76mm

From a random page on the Internet, it looks like the only difference between QCS4290/QCS2290 and QRB4210/QRB2210 is the former run Android for IoT and computer vision, while the latter runs Linux more suited for robotics applications.

Open-Q RB1/RB2 development kit

Open-Q RB1 RB2 Development Kit with Qualcomm QRB2210 or QRB4210
Lantronix Open-Q RB development kit

Lantronix offers the Open-Q RB development kit to evaluate its system-in-package with the following specifications:

  • SiP
    • Open-Q RB1 – Open-Q 2210RB
    • Open-Q RB2 – Open-Q 4210RB
  • Storage – MicroSD card slot
  • Display Interface
    • 4.99-inch TFT LCD with 1280 x 720 resolution
    • HDMI Type-A port
  • Camera Interfaces
    • 2x 4-lane MIPI CSI
    • 1x 1-lane MIPI CSI
    • 1x 4-lane or 2-lane MIPI CSI
    • 2x GMSL2 camera inputs
  • Audio
    • 4x Digital mics
    • Speaker connectors
  • Networking – Gigabit RJ45 Ethernet port (through USB 3.0) and wireless module on SiP
  • USB – 2x USB Type-A port, 1x USB Type-C port
  • I/O expansion
    • 3x Low-speed connectors, 96Boards
    • 3x High-speed connectors, 96Boards
  • Debugging – Debug UART, JTAG
  • Misc – 3x Infrared interfaces
  • Power Input – 12 V
  • Dimensions – 96Boards compliant

You’ll find more details about the SiPs and development kit on the product page.

Qualcomm Robotics RB1/RB2 platforms

While Qualcomm only provides documentation and apparently photos to “verified companies”, the product pages for the RB1 and RB2 platforms do have some block diagrams and basic specifications.

Qualcomm Robotics RB1 platform
Qualcomm Robotics RB1 platform block diagram
Qualcomm Robotics RB2 platform
Qualcomm Robotics RB2 platform block diagram

Both the Qualcomm Robotics RB1 and RB2 platforms use what looks like the same 96Boards baseboard and Vision and 5G Mezzanines, only switching to a different QRB4210 or QRB2210 system-on-module. But those are not from Lantronix, and instead, Qualcomm’s robotics platforms typically come from Thundercomm who previously launched the TurboX CM2290 and C2290 SoMs, and this will be the case for the RB1/RB2 platform which Qualcomm says will be available from Thudercomm later this month. There’s also a document list for the Robotics RB1 platform but those currently also point to missing documents.

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