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Sometimes, it seems like technology is developing so quickly that we can’t keep up while simultaneously not advancing fast enough.

Carmakers, such as Tesla, are now taking advantage of the technological advances that allow allthe functionality of a central processor, many discrete components that perform various functionalities, and more, all to be integrated onto a single chip: the system-on-chip, or SoC.

This compute consolidation requires less space and less power consumption, which is ideal for a car that runs off a battery—like many vehicles on the road today. Still, with the high compute requirements for applications like ADAS and automated driving, along with connectivity

features and many other features, power consumption becomes a very real issue.

This episode of The Future Card Podcast dives into the specifics of how and why car makers are taking advantage of this SoC approach.

Discussed In This Episode:

  • The advantages of the SoC approach to computing architecture. (1:33)
  • Why car makers are switching from focusing on mechanical design to chip design and methods of compute consolidation. (6:33)
  • Why carmakers throughout the industry are now collaborating on specifications and the design of key components of vehicle functionality. (7:11)
  • How autonomous functionality can be tested using silicon models of an SoC that has not even been manufactured yet. (8:17)
  • What’s the point of all this? (8:58)


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