With electric vehicles continuously on the rise through increased user adoption, it’s no surprise that we’re seeing more and more consumer electronics companies invest in research and development towards powering and enhancing EV technology. As such, Samsung recently unveiled its newest automotive processor in the form of the Exynos Auto V920, which will power upcoming in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems on select Hyundai models.
This new partnership is Samsung’s first official collaboration involving automotive semiconductors – consumers can expect to see the fruits of this team-up by 2025. Jae Geol Pyee, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, System LSI Business at Samsung Electronics states:
“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Hyundai Motor, a prominent global mobility manufacturer, and we anticipate that this partnership will further solidify our position in the automotive infotainment space… Through close collaboration with our global customers and ecosystem partners, we will continue to create state-of-the-art automotive chip solutions that offer a safe and enjoyable mobility experience.”
The Samsung Exynos Auto V920 is a third-generation automotive processor for advanced IVI setups, and Samsung says that this new processor packs “considerable upgrades” in terms of CPU, graphics and neural processing performance. The V920 is designed to deliver real-time display of critical driving information, as well as playback of video content, as well as gaming software when on the move.
Inside, the V920 CPU comes with 10 Arm cores designed for autonomous driving, and enables 1.7 times greater processing performance (compared to older models). The V920 also comes with support for LPDDR5 memory, allowing it to manage up to six high-resolution displays for dashboard, infotainment and rear seat entertainment systems, and up to 12 camera sensors around the vehicle.
Samsung says that it’s made Significant improvements to the processor’s graphics and artificial intelligence (AI) performance for enhanced visual presentation on displays and better driver interaction with in-car information. For graphical user interface duties, the V920 combines advanced GPU cores with graphics processing capabilities, that allow it to perform up to two times faster than its predecessor.
The company adds that by using the latest computing cores with the processor, the neural processing unit (NPU) can reach up to 2.7 times better performance versus previous-gen processors. This allows the V920 to support enhanced driver monitoring features for added safety, as well as instantaneous environmental assessment while on the road. Adding to this push for driver safety is the V920’s embedded safety island, which can detect and manages faults in real-time, keeping the IVI system secure.