PALO ALTO, California: An agreement between Tesla and Samsung, calling for the South Korean electronics company to manufacture the next-generation Tesla self-driving chip, the HW 4.0, is almost complete.
Tesla is currently using its HW 3.0 supercomputer ship in electric cars assembled in the United States and China.
According to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, although HW 3.0 is fully capable to handle the company's Full Self-Driving software, the automaker sought to evolve its next-level computer to make autonomous driving even safer.
Tesla's electronics R&D team designed the self-driving chips in-house and then outsources production to a third-party service provider. Samsung was producing the HW 3.0 FSD and will remain the sole supplier of the HW 4.0 chip, as well.
Tesla will first use the HW 4.0 chip in its new Cybertruck, which should enter the market in late 2022. The HW 4.0 chip will slowly transition to newly-produced cars throughout the entire line-up.
"I'm confident that HW 3.0 or the FSD Computer 1 will be able to achieve full self-driving at a safety level much greater than a human, probably at least 200-300 percent better than a human." said company founder Elon Musk, as quoted by CleanTechnica.
Tesla and Samsung chose the 7nm architecture for the new chip, over the more compact and battery-efficient 5nm, probably due to its overall stability and better heat dissipation, in lieu of more space, according to industry observers.