The US chip manufacturer Qualcomm has announced that it will supply chips for premium car infotainment systems from Mercedes-Benz and BMW.
Qualcomm is a leading provider of processors for smartphones, but the market for these devices has declined significantly over the past year, allowing the automotive direction to partially offset temporary setbacks. The American company works closely with car manufacturers and supplies them with hardware platforms for infotainment systems and driver assistance systems – some with autopilot. Qualcomm’s revenue in this space rose 13% last quarter.
For BMW, the American chipmaker will supply platforms for voice control systems, and in 2024 Mercedes-Benz E-Class models with Qualcomm processors will go on sale. Qualcomm aims to increase sales in the automotive segment to $4 billion by 2026 and up to $9 billion by the end of the decade, CEO Cristiano Amon said in an interview on the sidelines of the Munich Motor Show.
With the Snapdragon Digital Chassis Appliance Solution, car manufacturers can implement driver assistance and autopilot functions, develop infotainment systems and organize cloud connectivity.