Electronics and Semiconductors

TechInsights Teardown: Tesla Model Y media control unit

14 October 2022
The media control unit of the Tesla Model Y contains the infotainment and other in-cabin functions in a single device. Source: TechInsights

As the automotive industry continues its largest transition in its history to electrification, automotive parts specifically built for electric vehicles (EVs) will become high in demand.

And with supply chain issues already impacting automakers’ ability to produce as many vehicles as they would like, chances are good further issues will continue to impact the manufacturing of vehicles.

Tesla Motors has not been immune to the supply chain issues due to having many manufacturing facilities in China, which has had numerous lockdowns due to COVID-19 but has managed to remain profitable due to the more profitable Model Y EV.

The Model Y media control unit, the brains of the inside of the vehicle, features several powerful components to control the functions inside the vehicle. This includes several Samsung processors, memory from Samsung and Cypress and processors from Intel.

The following is a partial deep dive into the Tesla Motors’ Model Y media control unit.

Summary

  • No camera
  • No display
  • 16 GB mobile LPDDR4 SDRAM

Target market: Automotive

Released: November 2020

Pricing: $1,200

Availability: Worldwide

The main board inside the Tesla Model Y media control unit includes memory and processors for main functions of the electric vehicle. Source: TechInsightsThe main board inside the Tesla Model Y media control unit includes memory and processors for main functions of the electric vehicle. Source: TechInsights

Main board

The main board of the Tesla Model Y media control unit contains the main electronic components for infotainment and in-cabin systems. The main processor is the FSD processor from Samsung with Nor flash memory from Cypress Semiconductor and multichip memory systems from Samsung. Other components include:

  • Four-channel TVS diode array from Diodes Inc.
  • Texas Instruments’ Dual FPD-link deserializer hub and quad FPD-link deserializer hub
  • Analog Devices’ 100 mA/adjustable LDO regulator
  • Nexperia’s Octal bus switch
  • Power management devices from Maxim and Monolithic Power Systems
  • NXP Semiconductors’ CAN transceiver
  • Gigabit Ethernet transceiver and Gigabit Ethernet switch from Marvell Semiconductor

(Learn more about connectivity chips on Globalspec.com)

The processor board has Samsung and Intel processors integrated onto it for more power to control functions inside the Tesla Model Y. Source: TechInsightsThe processor board has Samsung and Intel processors integrated onto it for more power to control functions inside the Tesla Model Y. Source: TechInsights

Processor board

The processor board includes many of the powerful processors needed for the infotainment and internal vehicle systems such as Intel’s 1.6 GHz quad-core Atom application processor, Samsung’s 8 GB mobile LPDDR4 SDRAM and Rohm’s DC-DC converter and power management chips.

(Learn more about memory semiconductors on Globalspec.com)

The GPS board contains the connectivity and power management ICs needed for communications with external components as well as inside the Tesla Model Y. Source: TechInsightsThe GPS board contains the connectivity and power management ICs needed for communications with external components as well as inside the Tesla Model Y. Source: TechInsights

GPS board

The RF board system includes some of the connectivity needed for the Tesla Model Y media control unit to the rest of the vehicle. This includes:

  • Intel’s baseband processor, RF transceiver and power management ICs
  • 150 mA LDO regulator from Ricoh
  • Multichip memory from Micron Technology
  • Skyworks’ multiband power amplifier, LTE Band power amplifier and antenna switches

(Learn more about RF ICs on Globalspec.com)

Major components

  • $356.19 — Processors subsystem (Qty: 1)
  • $333.33 — FSD processor — Samsung (Qty: 2)
  • $72.55 — RF subsystem — Titan (Qty: 1)
  • $70.84 — Multichip memory — 2 GB mobile LPDDR4 SDRAM — Samsung (Qty: 8)
  • $37.76 — 14-layer build FR4/HF — Tripod (Qty: 1)
  • $26.98 — Internal frame with heatsink (Qty: 1)
  • $16.37 — Multichip memory — 32 GB MLC NAND flash memory controller — Samsung (Qty: 2)
  • $14.48 — Multichip memory — 64 GB MLC NAND flash memory controller — Micron (Qty: 1)
  • $12.99 — Intelli-phase solution — Monolithic (Qty: 12)
  • $12.77 — Small passive cap, res, ferrite (Qty: 2281)

To contact the author of this article, email engineering360editors@globalspec.com


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