First Samsung Exynos processor targeted at automotive application

January 07, 2019 //By Rich Pell
First Samsung Exynos processor targeted at automotive application
Samsung (Seoul, South Korea) has introduced its first auto-branded Exynos processor, which it says has been selected by Audi to power its next-generation in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system, expected to debut by 2021.

The Exynos Auto V9 is designed for advanced IVI systems that display content on multiple displays. Based on 8-nm process technology, the V9 integrates ARM's latest Cortex-A76 CPU cores, ARM Mali G76 GPU, premium HiFi 4 audio digital signal processor (DSP), intelligent neural processing unit (NPU), and a safety island core that supports Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL)-B standards.

The processor also supports LPDDR4 and LPDDR5 DRAM.

"Samsung is fully committed to bringing top-of-the-line automotive processors for safer and more pleasant driving experiences," says Kenny Han, vice president of Device Solutions Division at Samsung Electronics. "We are thrilled to introduce the new Exynos Auto line of products, starting with the Exynos Auto V9, which brings powerful processing performance to the next generation of automotive in-vehicle infotainment systems while meeting the industry’s strict reliability requirements."

Alfons Pfaller, head of Architecture & Platform Development E/E at Audi adds, "Audi thrives to bring the most exciting, yet the safest automobiles when we vision the drive of tomorrow. Samsung has been a valued technology partner over the past few years and we are extremely pleased to have the Exynos Auto V9 power our next-generation platform that will shape the future in-vehicle infotainment experiences."

The Exynos Auto V9 supports up to six displays and twelve camera connections for various sub-system content in premium IVI systems. Its eight Cortex-A76 cores operate at speeds up to 2.1 GHz.

The GPU is arranged in three separate dedicated sets of Mali G76 GPU cores that are able to seamlessly support multiple systems such as the cluster display, central information display (CID), and rear-seat entertainment (RSE) simultaneously. For premium audio quality, the chip comes with four HiFi 4 audio processors.

The device's embedded safety island allows real-time protection for system operations, facilitating ASIL-B requirements, while its NPU enables a digital concierge service that can intelligently manage a safe and personalized driving environment. The NPU can process visual and audio data

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