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Intel Unveils 'Aero' Drone Development Platform

Intel Unveils 'Aero' Drone Development Platform
Intel Unveils 'Aero' Drone Development Platform. Semiconductor manufacturer
<p><strong>Semiconductor manufacturer Intel Corporation this week announced the launch of the &ldquo;Aero Ready to Fly&rdquo; quadcopter drone, designed as a platform for drone application developers. The quadcopter will be available later this year; it was unveiled August 16 at the Intel Developer Forum in San&nbsp;Francisco.</strong></p> <p><strong>&ldquo;Designed from the ground up to support drones,&rdquo; the Aero platform is a&nbsp;UAV&nbsp;developer kit powered by Intel&rsquo;s Atom processor and combining computing, storage, communications and data input/output &ldquo;in a form factor the size of a standard playing card. When matched with the optional Vision Accessory Kit, developers will have opportunities to launch sophisticated drone applications,&rdquo; Intel&nbsp;said.</strong></p> <p>The quadcopter platform supports &ldquo;plug and play&rdquo; options, including a flight controller with open-source Dronecode&nbsp;PX4&nbsp;software; Intel&rsquo;s &ldquo;RealSense&rdquo; camera for obstacle avoidance; and the Map&nbsp;SDK&nbsp;(software development kit) from AirMap, of Santa Monica, Calif., for airspace mapping&nbsp;applications.</p> <p>Also at the developer forum, Intel showcased the Yuneec Typhoon H hexacopter equipped with its RealSense depth-sensing camera technology. The Typhoon H with Intel RealSense is available now for $1,899, the company&nbsp;said.</p> <p>The launch of the Aero quadcopter is the latest of multiple recent drone-related announcements&nbsp;by Intel. Last August, company announced that it would invest $60 million in Hong Kong-based Yuneec, and this January it acquired Ascending Technologies, a manufacturer of autopilot systems and multi-rotor drones based in Krailing, Germany. Intel Capital, the company&rsquo;s venture capital arm, has made equity investments in Airware of San Francisco, designer of a commercial drone operating system; and PrecisionHawk of Raleigh, N.C., a drone manufacturer and aerial data&nbsp;provider.</p> <p>In May, the&nbsp;FAA&nbsp;announced that it had appointed Intel&nbsp;CEO&nbsp;Brian Krzanich as chairman of its new Drone Advisory Committee, a group consisting of C-level executives representing the small unmanned aircraft systems industry and&nbsp;users.</p>