Qualcomm Inc. announced on Tuesday that BMW, a German automobile manufacturer, will utilize its processors in its next generation of driver-assistance and self-driving systems.
Qualcomm CEO, Cristiano Amon estimates the addressable market for the company’s products has grown to $700 billion, which is seven times the size of the phone chip business alone.
A spokesperson for BMW said the new chips would be used for its “Neue Klasse” series of cars, set to start production from 2025. “We’ve never had so many end-market opportunities for Qualcomm as we have today,” Amon said.
“Our announcement with BMW today is the onset of a new era in automotive, where two technology leaders have come together to design and develop a key element of Snapdragon Digital Chassis for the next-generation automobile.”Cristiano Amon, president and CEO of Qualcomm.
“BMW’s next generation Automated Driving stack will be based on the Snapdragon Ride vision system-on-chip (SoC), vision perception and ADAS (Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems) central compute SoC controllers managed by the Qualcomm Car-2-Cloud services platform,” BMW said.
Qualcomm will analyze data from front, back, and surround-view cameras using a specialized computer vision processing unit. In addition, the automobile will interface with cloud computing data centers using a Qualcomm central processing processor and another set of Qualcomm chips.
“We look forward to working in direct relationship with Qualcomm Technologies to build our next-generation ADAS/AD platform, as well as to continue delivering world-class driving experiences to our customers,”Nicolai Martin, SVP Driving Experience, BMW Group.
The 7 Series full-size sedan will be released next year with Intel’s Level 3 autonomous driving technology, which allows cars to drive themselves under certain situations but still require a driver.
However, irrespective of how significant the deal appears to be, the two companies have not revealed how much of the BMW group’s product range the Qualcomm contract would cover.
Where BMW is coming up with Qualcomm series. On the other hand, global chip shortage has made some issues with upcoming BMW series, it will arrive without touchscreens.