Qualcomm introduces Ride Flex SoC, partners with Visteon to help build next-gen digital cockpits

Qualcomm introduces Ride Flex SoC, partners with Visteon to help build next-gen digital cockpits
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  • Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon Ride Flex SoC launch.
  • The American chipmaker has also announced a partnership with Visteon.
  • The next-gen Snapdragon Ride platform will be launched in 2025.
American chipmaker Qualcomm has made a slew of announcements as the Consumer Electronics Shows (CES) 2023 is here. The company has launched the Snapdragon Ride Flex chipset, the company’s latest offering aimed at improving safety and performance.

Qualcomm has also announced its partnership with Visteon, an American automotive electronics supplier, to work on developing a high-performance cockpit domain controller.

Here are the major announcements from Qualcomm –

Snapdragon Ride Flex SoC

The Snapdragon Ride Flex SoC is the latest addition to the company’s Snapdragon Digital Chassis portfolio.

It has been developed to handle mixed-critically workloads, enabling digital cockpit, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and automated driving (AD) functions to co-exist on a single SoC. This means that a single chipset can do the job of three chips.


The chipset also integrates a software platform that enables multiple operating systems to operate concurrently, hypervisor enablement, isolated virtual machines, and real-time operating system.

“We continue to remain at the forefront of automotive compute innovation, and as we enter the era of Software Defined Vehicles, the Snapdragon Ride Flex SoC family defines a new setpoint for high-performance power-optimized mixed-criticality architectures,” said Nakul Duggal, senior vice president and GM, automotive, Qualcomm Technologies.

Qualcomm to develop a digital cockpit domain controller with Visteon

Qualcomm has announced that it is partnering with Visteon to develop a high-performance cockpit domain controller that will enable global automakers to build next-generation cockpits.

This is aimed at offering additional features and functionalities in the car cockpits. You will have to wait for some time as these features will only be available starting in 2025.

“We look forward to continuing our efforts with Visteon in bringing advanced capabilities and functionalities to next-generation vehicles through SmartCore and our Snapdragon Cockpit Platforms,” added Duggal.

Snapdragon Ride platform

Qualcomm also showcased its Snapdragon Ride platform at the event, highlighting the adoption of the first-gen Snapdragon Ride platform in commercial vehicles worldwide.

The company also revealed that the next-gen Ride Platform built on 4-nanometer (nm) SoC is being tested by tier-1 suppliers and is expected to be available for 2025 global production.

The platforms will offer improved ADAS and AD systems, improving customer safety.

“We attribute the success of our Snapdragon Ride Platforms to the strong relationships and collaborations we have with automakers and Tier-1 ecosystem and look forward to our continued efforts to innovate together to advance the industry’s efforts in delivering safe and secure ADAS and AD systems,” Duggal added.


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