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Qualcomm, diversifying from cell telephones, to provide chips for BMW self-driving autos

People visit a Qualcomm booth at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Shanghai, China February 23, 2021.   REUTERS/Aly Song

Nov 16 (Reuters) – Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) on Tuesday mentioned that German automaker BMW (BMWG.DE) will use its chips in its following generation of driver-support and self-driving methods.

San Diego-dependent Qualcomm is the world’s largest provider of chips for cellular phones but has been diversifying its business enterprise, with a lot more than a third of its chip revenue coming from resources other than makers of handsets.

Qualcomm’s announcement of the BMW win arrived right before an trader presentation where it in depth how the enterprise is functioning with corporations like Meta Platforms Inc (FB.O)on digital truth components and with Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O)on Windows laptops that use Qualcomm chips.

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Qualcomm Main Executive Cristiano Amon stated he thinks the addressable market for the firm’s systems is now $700 billion, seven occasions larger than the cell phone chip sector alone.

“We’ve never ever experienced so a lot of conclude-market chances for Qualcomm as we have currently,” Amon reported.

A spokesperson for BMW said the new chips would be utilised for its “Neue Klasse” series of autos, established to start out creation from 2025.

Individuals go to a Qualcomm booth at the Cell Planet Congress (MWC) in Shanghai, China February 23, 2021. REUTERS/Aly Song

Automotive chips are a key progress space for Qualcomm, which provides chips for infotainment technique instrument panels to companies this sort of as Typical Motors Co (GM.N).

It has also been working to obstacle its chip market rivals Nvidia Corp (NVDA.O) and Intel Corp (INTC.O) in providing chips that electrical power driver-help personal computers for duties these types of as automatic lane-maintaining and eventual self-driving programs.

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Qualcomm and BMW will use a focused Qualcomm personal computer vision processing chip to examine knowledge from entrance, rear and encompass-check out cameras. BMW will also use a Qualcomm central computing chip and one more established of Qualcomm chips to aid the car or truck converse with cloud computing data facilities.

An present partnership amongst BMW and Intel’s Mobileye self-driving technological know-how device would carry on, BMW stated, despite the fact that plans to launch an autonomous car or truck in 2021 have not materialized.

A 7 Collection total-dimension sedan that includes Intel’s Degree 3 autonomous driving know-how, which allows vehicles to push on their own beneath minimal circumstances but however demand a driver, is owing for launch subsequent yr.

The two companies did not say how much of the BMW group’s line-up the Qualcomm offer would deal with.

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Reporting by Stephen Nellis in San Francisco Christina Amann, Victoria Waldersee in Berlin Editing by David Gregorio, Alexander Smith and Dan Grebler

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