Samsung to supply 8-nanometre V9 chips for Audi cars

Samsung Electronics' Auto Exynos V9 has eight A76 cores and will power Audi's next-generation in-vehicle infotainment system.
Written by Cho Mu-Hyun, Contributing Writer

Samsung Electronics will supply its latest 8-nanometre processors for Audi's next-generation in-vehicle infotainment system.

The South Korean tech giant's Exynos Auto V9 packs eight ARM Cortex-A76 cores -- which has a max speed of 2.1 GHz -- and will be used to power the German automobile manufacturer's new infotainment system that is set to debut in 2021, the company said.

The chip was designed for advanced infotainment systems that can display content on multiple screens. The V9 can support up to six displays and twelve camera connections for various sub systems.

It also packs an ARM Mali G76 GPU, HiFi 4 audio digital signal processor and an intelligent neural processing unit. It supports LPDDR4 and LPDDR5 DRAM.

It also has a safety island core that supports Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL)-B standards.

In October, Samsung introduced three separate Exynos brands for its chips aimed at future cars. Exynos Auto, its Exynos-branded processors aimed at cars, will be divided into Exynos Auto V, Exynos Auto A, and Exynos Auto T. V is for infotainment, A is for advanced driving assistance system, and T is for telematics

Samsung first clinched the partnership with Audi back in 2017.

The South Korean tech giant previously designated automotive components as its next-generation growth business back in 2015.

It also acquired US audio and auto-component giant Harman for US$8 billion in 2016 to further grow the business.

Samsung's System LSI business, which makes processors, is also designing safety chips for autonomous vehicles.

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