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DJI Takes on Intel and Qualcomm With Its Own Supercomputer for Drones

The Chinese startup wants to move beyond consumer-facing drones and own the enterprise market as well.


For the last two years our favorite drone here at The Verge has been the DJI Phantom. The Chinese startup has succeeded in large part because it built a unit cheap and easy enough for consumers, but powerful enough for professionals.

Now that the FAA is granting commercial exemptions and U.S. companies are finally taking flight, the majority of them are choosing to use DJI’s consumer-facing drones for their business. Today, DJI announced the launch of the Manifold, a powerful computer that could allow DJI drones to perform far more complex mapping, data analysis, and image recognition, all in real time.

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