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Prediction: Hyundai promotes self-sufficiency in 5nm automotive chip design, possibly even more advanced.


Hyundai Motor is expected to be in the process of designing automotive semiconductors with a 5nm process, aiming to ensure a stable supply of advanced chips in the Software Driven Vehicle (SDV) era. Besides Hyundai, the move also draws attention to relevant wafer foundries and other supplier partners.

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According to ZDNet Korea, Hyundai plans to use the advanced 5nm process to develop chips for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), helping to promote SDV initiatives. Previously, in June 2023, Hyundai established a semiconductor research laboratory and recruited a former Samsung official responsible for developing the Exynos Auto automotive SoC line.

SDVs represent a future area of innovation where vehicles are controlled through software, impacting driving efficiency, convenience and safety. Hyundai previously announced plans to introduce online software update technology for all vehicle models by 2025, gradually transitioning to SDV.

According to many sources, Hyundai is collaborating with Design Solution Providers (DSPs) and will cooperate with Samsung or TSMC. Notably, both Samsung and TSMC plan to start mass production of automotive semiconductors using a sub-4nm process from 2024 onwards, so it cannot be ruled out that Hyundai Motor could pursue the development of chip development using even more advanced processes.

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Regarding these speculations, individuals from Hyundai said discussions on developing semiconductors for the vehicle are ongoing but no decisions have been officially announced.

Previously, Hyundai Motor relied heavily on Tier 1 suppliers for automotive semiconductors. However, they are now directly investing in independent research and development to ensure a stable supply of advanced chips. In particular, with the semiconductor supply shortage 2-3 years ago affecting major auto manufacturers, they are increasingly emphasizing the importance of semiconductor self-sufficiency. .

In addition to internal development, Hyundai Motor also actively incorporates semiconductors for domestic vehicle lines. Starting in 2025, it will offer Samsung’s Exynos Auto V920 In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) chip, and it has invested in Korean automotive semiconductor design startup BOS Semiconductors, entrusting development Develops high-performance NPU SoC for ADAS.