Telechips have succeeded in commercializing 14-nanometer (nm) application processor for automobile cockpit, TheElec has learned.
The firm will be supplying the chip, Dolphin 3 (model name: TCC805X), to a Chinese automobile company through a local tier-1 supplier.
Mass production and supply will begin in April, people familiar with the matter said. Telechips will be manufacturing hundred thousands of units.
The company has so far supplied application processors for in-vehicle infotainment systems.
Its latest chip, Dolphin 3, can power IVI system as well as well as the dashboard, or the entire cockpit.
The chip also supports surround view monitoring, driver monitoring system and other advanced driver assistance systems, albeit only partially.
Global tech giants __ from Samsung System LSI, Qualcomm, NXP, Renesas, Intel to Nvidia __ are all attempting to expand in the chip market for automobile cockpits and ADAS.
Telechips’ successful supplying is meaningful as it will be competing with giants in the market, one of the people said.
Telechips beat NXP in 2011 to supply IVI chips for Hyundai Motor’s mid-tier car models.
Beginning last year, the company had expanded its supply to Hyundai’s Genesis SUV models, GV80 and GV70. Telechips has supplied chips for the head-up display for GV70 instead of those for IVI.
Hyundai accounts for around 70% of Telechips’ sales. The supply of Dolphin 3 to China will allow it to reduce its reliance on the Korean auto-giant.
Meanwhile, Telechips is planning to expand into chips for autonomous driving in the long-term. It is currently developing Dolphin 5, which will have a neural processing unit. Unlike Dolphin 3, Dolphin 5 is planned to fully support ADAS.