Samsung in talks with Tesla to make next-gen standalone chips: report


Samsung is in talks with Tesla to manufacture Tesla’s next-generation stand-alone chips based on Samsung’s 7-nanometer chip production process, a South Korean newspaper reported Thursday.

Since the start of this year, Tesla and Samsung have repeatedly discussed chip design and exchanged chip prototypes for Tesla’s upcoming Hardware 4 standalone computer, the Korea Economic Daily reported, citing sources with direct knowledge. from subject.

Samsung declined to comment. Tesla did not have an immediate response.

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If Samsung wins the order, it is expected to manufacture the chip on its 7-nanometer production process, according to the report. Samsung already produces chips in Tesla’s current Hardware 3 computers.

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk told the company’s AI Day event in August that Tesla would introduce new hardware for its stand-alone computer for its Cybertruck electric van in “about a year.”

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In the contract chip manufacturing industry, Samsung is second behind TSMC, which had a 52.9% market share compared to Samsung’s 17.3% at the end of June, according to analytics provider TrendForce.

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