Samsung Unleashes 3 New Exynos Logic Solutions Targeting Next-gen Vehicles
The automotive industry has been building up vehicles to become more connected, intelligent, and safe. Adding to these goals, Samsung has released three new logic solutions for next-gen automobiles.
One industry experiencing the most innovation and investment today is the automotive industry. As advanced driver-assistant systems (ADAS), autonomous vehicles (AVs), and electrical vehicles (EVs) work to become a main staple in the automotive industry, more components to increase or add artificial intelligence (AI) and 5G connectivity are essential.
Seemingly every system and subsystem within your vehicle is quickly becoming electrified and intelligent; however, this is only possible with the development of new, automotive-grade solutions.
Three new automotive solutions from Samsung. Image used courtesy of Samsung
Recently, Samsung made headlines announcing the simultaneous release of three new automotive solutions that hope to keep the trend going to boost 5G connectivity and safety.
In this article, we’ll take a quick look at each of the three solutions to see what Samsung closed out 2021 with.
Exynos Auto T5123
The first of the three automotive releases from Samsung was its new Exynos Auto T5123.
Key features of the Exynos Auto T5123. Image used courtesy of Samsung
The T5123 is a new AEC-Q100 qualified telematics control unit meant explicitly for enabling 5G communications in both standalone and non-standalone vehicles. Leveraging a 5G New Radio (NR) sub-6 GHz modem, the T5123 can achieve download speeds up to 5.1 Gbps to enable real-time communications for the vehicle and its passengers.
The device is built around two Cortex-A55 cores supported by embedded LPDDR4x DRAM.
The chip also offers a high-speed PCIe Gen4 2 lane interface and a built-in Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) system.
For security, the T5123 also incorporates TrustZone and Secure Boot functionality.
Exynos Auto V7
The second automotive release of the announcement was Samsung’s Exynos Auto V7.
This new chip is Samsung’s latest automotive processor and is designed explicitly for in-vehicle infotainment systems.
From a functionality standpoint, the Exynos Auto V7 can simultaneously support up to four displays and 12 camera inputs.
On top of this, the processor incorporates features such as bad pixel correction, dynamic range compression, and geometric distortion correction to ensure distortion-free images.
The Auto V7 comes with a “safety island” for fault management. Screenshot used courtesy of Samsung
From a hardware perspective, the new processor integrates eight 1.5 GHz Arm Cortex-A76 cores along with 11 Arm Mali G76 GPU cores.
Following Arm’s terminology, the graphic processing unit (GPU) cores come partitioned into a “small” cluster of three cores for display and augmented reality-heads-up display (AR-HUD). Additionally, a “big” cluster of eight cores provides central information display functionality.
To support these cores, the V7 has up to 32 GB of LPDDR4x.
Beyond this, the V7 comes with an integrated neural processing unit (NPU) to assist in facial, speech, or gesture recognition features, an isolated security processor for crypto operations, and a hardware key based on physical unclonable function (PUF) technology.
Finally, Samsung finished off its announcement with the release of its S2VPS01.
The S2VPS01 consists of a high-efficiency triple/dual-phase buck converter and is a new automotive power management integrated circuit (PMIC) explicitly designed to support the Exynos Auto V9 and V7.
To support the buck, the new PMIC also integrates a low-dropout regulator (LDO) and real-time clock along with built-in protection for:
- Short circuit
- Thermal shut down
- Clock monitoring
Samsung boasts that the S2VPS01 is the company’s first automotive solution produced under ISO 26262 and has achieved an ASIL-B certification in 2021.
Shifting Into 2022
As vehicles become increasingly electrified and intelligent, innovations in automotive-qualified electronics will become more and more necessary.
With these three releases, Samsung has provided the industry with multiple new solutions for automotive subsystems, which should help continue this trend of vehicle electrification. Leaping into 2022, it will be interesting to see what else Samsung will create to push automotive systems to the next level.
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