According to a South Korean newspaper, Samsung Electronics is in talks with Tesla to produce Tesla’s next-generation self-driving semiconductors using Samsung’s 7-nanometer chip fabrication technology.
Tesla and Samsung have discussed chip design numerous times and swapped chip prototypes for Tesla’s future Hardware 4 self-driving computer, according to the Korea Economic Daily, citing persons with intimate knowledge of the topic.
Samsung has refused to comment. Tesla did not respond right away.
According to the article, if Samsung wins the deal, the chip will be manufactured on its 7-nanometer fabrication process. Samsung already manufactures the semiconductors used in Tesla’s existing Hardware 3 computers.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, stated at the company’s AI Day event in August that the company would deliver new hardware for its self-driving computer for its Cybertruck electric pick-up truck in “approximately a year or so.”
According to TrendForce, Samsung ranks second in the chip contract manufacturing business to TSMC, which had 52.9 percent of the market share as of end-June compared to Samsung’s 17.3 percent.
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