Electronics and Semiconductors

Qualcomm to make self-driving chips for BMW

17 November 2021

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. will build automotive semiconductors for BMW Group’s next generation of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and self-driving platforms.

BMW’s next-generation automated driving stack will be powered by the Snapdragon Ride vision system-on-chip (SoC), vison perception and ADAS central compute SoC controllers managed by Qualcomm Car-2 Cloud services platform.

The ADAS and automated driving functions of BMW will include front, rear and surround view camera computer visions in a dedicated computer vision SoC as well as ADAS central compute controller, which will host BMW’s drive policy and other planning and driving functions.

Qualcomm is one of the leading semiconductor vendors that supplies chips and chipsets to telecoms and communications companies that manufacture smartphones, tablets and more. However, the company in 2021 has slowly been moving away from providing chips just for this segment. This might be because some companies are moving away from Qualcomm’s ubiquitous Snapdragon platform for smartphones including the recently released Pixel 6 from Google.

The company launched during the summer a Snapdragon platform for wearables such as fitness trackers, smartwatches, hearables and more. Additionally, the company formed an agreement with Globalfoundries to build 5G RF front-end devices and a platform for augmented reality to build new apps for smart glasses.

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