Qualcomm's chipsets will drive BMW's next gen cars

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Qualcomm's chipsets will drive BMW's next gen cars
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  • Qualcomm will provide chipsets to BMW for its next gen automated driving stack.
  • The chipsets will be used for BMW’s Neue Klasse car series.
  • The Neue Klasse car series will be produced from 2025.
Qualcomm, which is the biggest supplier of chipsets for smartphones has entered into a partnership with automaker BMW, as part of which, the chip maker will provide chipsets for the next generation of self-driving cars.

The chip major has been diversifying its business for a while now and over a third of its revenue now comes from sources other than smartphones. It also supplies chips for infotainment system instrument panels to companies like Renault and General Motors.

“Our announcement with BMW today is the onset of a new era in automotive where two technology leaders have come together to design and develop a key element of Snapdragon Digital Chassis for the next generation automobile,” said Cristiano Amon, president and CEO of Qualcomm.

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As part of the partnership with BMW, Qualcomm will provide chips for the next generation of drive-assistance and self-driving systems. BMW has said that the chips from Qualcomm will be used for its Neue Klasse car series, which will be produced starting from 2025.

"BMW’s next generation Automated Driving stack will be based on the Snapdragon Ride vision system-on-chip (SoC), vision perception and ADAS (Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems) central compute SoC controllers managed by the Qualcomm Car-2-Cloud services platform," BMW said.

Qualcomm will use a dedicated computer vision processing chip to analyze data from front, rear and surround-view cameras. In addition to this, a Qualcomm central computing chip and another set of Qualcomm chips will be used to help the car communicate with cloud computing data centers.

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“We look forward to working in direct relationship with Qualcomm Technologies to build our next-generation ADAS/AD platform, as well as to continue delivering world-class driving experiences to our customers,” Nicolai Martin, SVP Driving Experience, BMW Group.

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