Samsung looks to bring 5G to next-gen cars with the latest additions to the Exynos Auto series
Samsung is one of the largest electronics OEM that has recognized and is able to accommodate the reality that modern-day cars are vying for processing power with more conventional devices such as smartphones these days. To that end, some of its latest chips have specs turned to use-cases leaving no doubt that the next generation of vehicles are nothing so much as giant PCs on 4 wheels at this point.
To this end, the Exynos Auto V7 has just been announced with no less than eight 8 ARM Cortex-A76 cores clocked at 1.5GHz and 11 (yes, 11) Mali-G76 cores. 8 of the latter are found in one physical 'cluster' dedicated to functions such as center-console controls for infotainment systems, whereas 3 are segregated so as to on other areas such as heads-up (HUD) displays.
Samsung notes that this deliberate and literal compartmentalization ensures that the Auto V7's graphical powers flow smoothly and swiftly where it is most needed within the car at all times. Accordingly, this cutting-edge processor can support up to 4 displays, 12 cameras and 32GB of LPDDR4X RAM.
The chipset might draw on the connectivity it might need to deliver other in-car functions from a vehicle's very own 5G service in the future thanks to the Exynos Auto T5123. This modem conforms to the 3GPP Release 15 standard, and also exhibits a "high speed" PCIe interface, supports for LPDDR4x mobile DRAM and on-board Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), which might save a car OEM an integrated circuit (IC) or two.
On that note, a manufacturer will still need a power management IC (PMIC), which is where the new S2VPS01 might come in. It is custom-designed for compatibility with an Exynos Auto V7 (or its sibling the V9), and has attained a B- (or second-best) grade certification for the Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL) specification under ISO 26262. ASIL-B or better will be a sought-after driver and passenger welfare buzzword in the near future - according to Samsung, at least.
The new part contains all the features one might want to hear about in a new charging accessory, over- and under-voltage protection, short circuit protection, over current protection, thermal shut down and real-time clocking included.
Samsung has announced that the Auto V7, for one, is already in mass production and has been taken up by Volkswagen for its next-gen In-Car Application-Server (ICAS, v3.1), developed by LG's Vehicle component Solutions) division.