Tesla is looking to improve its Autopilot’s capabilities by developing a more sophisticated AI framework – one that would need a five-nanometer chip.
Currently, Samsung provides 14-nanometer chips for Tesla’s in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system. The IVI is considered to be the core technology that can achieve fully autonomous driving. It can do this by processing information from the vehicle’s communication, lighting, and sensors and transferring it to a screen. As Tesla plans to further this technology, Samsung focuses on developing new chips for it.
There have been rumours that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) has developed seven-nanometer chips that would be used for Tesla’s high performance computing chip.
However, Samsung plans on getting ahead of its competition by skipping seven-nanometer chips and going straight for five-nanometer chips according to a report from AsiaE.
By doing so, Samsung could jump ahead of the competition and if they are successful become the leader in the industry of five-nanometer chips. They can also continue to supply Tesla.
Only a few companies in the world can manufacture the high-tech five-nanometer chip. When developed, they will be used for Tesla’s 4D Full Self-Driving (FSD) system, which is currently under development.