Samsung in Talks With Tesla to Make Next-Gen Self-Driving Chips Based on 7nm Process: Report
According to a South Korean newspaper, Samsung is in talks with Tesla to produce Tesla’s next-generation self-driving chips using Samsung’s 7-nanometer chip manufacturing process.
Tesla and Samsung have discussed chip design and exchanged chip prototypes for Tesla’s future Hardware 4 self-driving computer. Since the beginning of this year, several meetings discuss the course of chip manufacturing; according to the Korea Economic Daily, citing sources with immediate knowledge of the topic.
According to the article, if Samsung wins the contract, chip manufacturing will begin using its 7-nanometer manufacturing method. Tesla’s current Hardware 3 computers already use Samsung chips.
Samsung did not answer or comment on the topic, and there was no quick comment from Tesla.
According to analysis firm TrendForce, Samsung ranks second to TSMC in the semiconductor contract manufacturing business; with 52.9 percent of the market share to Samsung’s 17.3 percent as of end-June.
5-nm chips are a newer technology coming towards commercial goods, since last year. They’re in some of the most recent devices, such as Apple’s iPhone 12.
According to the most recent news on Tesla’s new chips, major manufacturing is scheduled for Q4 2021; which means we won’t see those chips in Tesla production vehicles until 2022.
Tesla began building a team of chip architects in 2016 to develop its own silicon, lead by famed chip designer Jim Keller. The goal was to create a self-driving semiconductor that was both powerful and efficient.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed at the presentation of the new processor that the company is already working on the next generation of the chip, which will be three times better than the current one and will be available in two years.