Audi selects Samsung's Exynos Auto V9 processor to power infotainment system

Lim Chang-won Reporter Posted : 2019-01-03 13:41 Updated : 2019-01-03 13:41
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SEOUL -- Exynos Auto V9, a powerful automotive processor developed by Samsung Electronics, has been selected to power German auto giant Audi's next-generation in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system, which is expected to make its debut by 2021.

Samsung said in a statement Thursday that Exynos Auto V9, based on 8-nanometer (nm) process technology, supports up to six displays and twelve camera connections for various sub-system content in premium IVI systems.

In October last year, Samsung released Exynos Auto that allows car manufacturers to develop cutting-edge applications such as infotainment and telematics. Infotainment provides a combination of information and entertainment. Telematics is an interdisciplinary field that encompasses telecommunications, vehicular technologies, road transportation, road safety, electrical engineering and computer science,

V9 is equipped with a neural processing unit (NPU) for a digital concierge service that can intelligently manage a safe and personalized driving environment. Samsung said that with incredibly fast operations, the NPU can process visual and audio data for features such as face, speech or gesture recognition.

Samsung said that V9 is designed for advanced IVI systems that display content on multiple displays, providing information that assists drivers and passengers for a safer and more enjoyable in-vehicle experience.

"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," Kenny Han, vice president of Samsung's device solutions division, was quoted as saying.

Samsung has diversified its business portfolio into the rapidly growing market for connected technologies and auto electronics since it acquired Harman International Industries, a US-based global leader in connected car technology, in November 2016. Exynos processors, which have been widely used for smartphones, became a key component for next-generation cars.