Samsung presents its first automotive-branded processor

Samsung Exynos Auto V9 to power Audi infotainment systems. — AFP Relaxnews

This week Samsung revealed its first processor designed to be used by vehicles: the Exynos Auto V9 will power Audi’s upcoming in-vehicle infotainment systems scheduled to debut in 2020.

The Exynos Auto V9 processor was specially designed by Samsung and is the company’s first auto-oriented chip, designed to power in-vehicle infotainment systems with multiple displays, e.g., Audi’s upcoming next-gen system destined to make its debut in 2020.

The processor, which is based on 8-nanometer process tech, is packed with power and intelligence including (but not limited to) eight ARM Cortex-A76 CPU cores – offering speeds up to 3.2GHz – and the Mali G76 GPU, a premium HiFi 4 audio digital signal processor, an intelligent NPU that can provide digital concierge services, and a safety island core.

All these features work to support up to six displays and 12 camera connections to keep everyone in both the front and back seats entertained simultaneously. Additionally, the embedded safety island supports Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL)-B standards.

This chip comes as no surprise, though, if you can remember back to November 2017 when Samsung announced that its Exynos processors were selected by Audi to power their future infotainment systems. At the time of that announcement, the chip was expected to power only four displays at once. – AFP Relaxnews