Samsung is manufacturing Tesla’s next-gen HW4.0 for Cybertruck at it's Hwaseong factory, not Austin.

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Samsung is manufacturing Tesla’s next-gen HW4.0 self-driving chip for 2022
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Not many Tesla owners might know this, but the renowned autonomous driving system is in part made possible by Samsung. Tesla’s first-generation self-driving chip was manufactured by Samsung, and this collaboration continues to this day. In recent news, Samsung won another contract to manufacture Tesla’s next-gen HW4.0 self-driving chip, which is expected to be installed in Tesla electric vehicles starting Q2 2022.

Previous reports indicated that Tesla could end up choosing TSMC over Samsung, but the EV carmaker reportedly decided to ink the deal with Samsung thanks to its chip design capabilities, competitive pricing, and process technology.

The HW4.0 self-driving chip is crucial for Tesla
The next-gen HW4.0 chip is rumored to be the next stepping stone leading towards Tesla’s perfect vision of a self-driving EV. And because it’s such an important piece of the puzzle, Samsung reportedly seemed like a safer bet for Tesla.

Samsung is to manufacture Tesla’s next-gen HW4.0 self-driving chip at its facility in Hwaseong using a 7nm process. In theory, the company could’ve used its latest 5nm process instead of 7nm, but the latter is proven to deliver an improved yield ratio. Tesla is also aware of reliability, and using a 7nm process is reportedly a safer bet, both technically and economically.

In other recent news, Samsung and Tesla have signed a half a billion dollars contract for camera systems for the Cybertruck, and Samsung recently completed prototyping Tesla’s 4680 battery cells.

https://www.sammobile.com/news/samsung-manufacturing-tesla-next-gen-hw4-0-self-driving-chip-2022/


Samsung in talks with Tesla to make next-gen self-driving chips -Korea Economic Daily

SEOUL, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics is in talks with Tesla to make Tesla's next-generation self-driving chips based on Samsung's 7-nanometre chip production process, a South Korean newspaper reported on Thursday.

Since the beginning of this year, Tesla and Samsung have discussed chip design multiple times and exchanged chip prototypes for Tesla's upcoming Hardware 4 self-driving computer, the Korea Economic Daily reported, citing sources with direct knowledge of the matter.

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

If Samsung wins the order, it is expected to make the chip on its 7-nanometre production process, the report said. Samsung already produces chips in Tesla's current Hardware 3 computers.

Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk said https://www.reuters.com/business/au...own-chip-ai-training-computer-dojo-2021-08-20 in the company's AI Day event in August that Tesla would introduce new hardware for its self-driving computer for its Cybertruck electric pick-up truck in "about a year or so."

In the chip contract manufacturing industry, Samsung is second to TSMC which had 52.9% of market share compared to Samsung's 17.3% as of end-June, according to analysis provider TrendForce. (Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Bernadette Baum)


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Manufacturing centers
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  • manufacturing-centers-giheung.jpg

    Giheung
    1, Samsung-ro, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do 17113
    Chip fabrication
  • manufacturing-centers-hwaseong.jpg

    Hwaseong
    1, Samsungjeonja-ro, Hwaseong-si, Gyeonggi-do 18448
    Chip fabrication
  • manufacturing-centers-pyeontaek.jpg

    Pyeongtaek
    114, Samsung-ro, Godeok-myun, Pyeongtaek-si, Gyeonggi-do 17786
    Chip fabrication
  • manufacturing-centers-onyang.jpg

    Onyang
    158, Baebang-ro, Baebang-eup, Asan-si, Chungcheongnam-do 31489
  • manufacturing-centers-xian.jpg

    Xi'an
    Samsung Semiconductor
    #1999 North Xiaohe Road, Gaoxin District, Xi’an, Shaanxi Province 710119
    Chip fabrication
  • manufacturing-centers-suzhou.jpg

    Suzhou
    Samsung Electronics Suzhou Semiconductor
    No.15, Jin ji hu Road, Suzhou Industrial Park, Suzhou 215021
  • manufacturing-centers-austin.jpg

    Austin
    Samsung Austin Semiconductor
    12100 Samsung Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78754
    Chip fabrication



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The Austin facilities are ill-equipped for 7nm EUV manufacturing.

Since Samsung is building a new $17B fab in Taylor they must have decided against upgrading Austin's fab.

Strange how it's worked out since Tesla's and Samsung's Austin factories are just a few miles apart.
 

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Maybe the Austin plant is out of date and cranking out 45nm obsolete chips for big auto.

Samsung is building another facility in Texas for more modern components, but that's likely a few years out.
 
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Maybe the Austin plant is out of date and cranking out 45nm obsolete chips for big auto.

Samsung is building another facility in Texas for more modern components, but that's likely a few years out.
"Qualcomm 5G radio frequency chips and Samsung display and image sensor chips account for about 65% of the monthly production at the Samsung (Austin) plant, TrendForce added.
Other chips include power management integrated circuits (PMICs) and a small amount of chips that control electrical parts, Seoul-based analysts said."

"Samsung’s Austin facility accounts for approximately 5 percent of global 300mm wafer production on a monthly basis. The facility focuses on building chips built on Samsung’s 14nm process, with iterations of that node available in the same plant down to 11nm."


"Samsung's Austin logic chip plant began operating in 2017 and makes chips using Samsung's 14-nanometer, 28-nm and 32-nm chip production technologies. The Austin plant is Samsung's biggest logic chip production facility outside of South Korea. It also has a NAND flash chip facility in Austin."

 
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