Qualcomm, diversifying from mobiles, to supply chips for BMW self-driving cars

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Nov 16 (Businesshala) – German automaker BMW (BMWG.DE) will use its chips in its next generation of driver-assistance and self-driving systems, Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) said on Tuesday.

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San Diego-based Qualcomm is the world’s largest supplier of chips for mobile phones but is diversifying its business, with more than a third of its chip sales coming from sources other than handsets.

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The announcement of Qualcomm’s BMW win came ahead of an investor presentation where it was expected to give new details about its strategy.

A BMW spokesperson said the new chips would be used for its ‘New Class’ series of cars, which are set to begin production by 2025.

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Automotive chips are a key growth area for Qualcomm, which supplies chips for infotainment system instrument panels to companies such as General Motors Company (GM.N).

But the company is also working to challenge its chip industry rivals Nvidia Corp (NVDA.O) and Intel Corp (INTC.O) by supplying chips that support functions such as automatic lane-keeping and eventual self- Provides power to a driver-assist computer. driving system.

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

An existing partnership between BMW and Intel’s MobileEye self-driving technology unit will continue, BMW said, although plans to release an autonomous vehicle in 2021 have not materialized.

A 7 Series full-size sedan featuring Intel’s Level 3 Autonomous Driving technology, where cars can drive themselves in confined conditions but still require a driver, is due for release next year.

The two companies did not say how much of the BMW Group line-up would be part of the Qualcomm deal.

Reporting by Stephen Nellis in San Francisco; Christina Amann, Victoria Waldersee in Berlin; Editing by David Gregorio and Alexander Smith

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