Ambarella Taps Samsung’s 5nm Technology for Car AI Controller

Samsung Electronics Inc.’s Foundry business provides its 5nm process technology to Ambarella Inc.’s CV3-AD685 automotive artificial intelligence (AI) central domain controller. This collaboration helps transform the next generation of autonomous driving (AD) vehicle safety systems by bringing new levels of AI processing performance, power, and reliability.

Integrated Ambarella CV3-AD685 system-on-chip built on Samsung Foundry’s 5nm technology

Optimized for Automotive-Grade ICs

Specifically, CV3-AD685 is the first production version of Ambarella’s CV3-AD family of automotive AI central domain controllers. In relation, Tier-1 automotive suppliers announced they will offer solutions using the CV3-AD system-on-chip (SoC) product family.

Meanwhile, Samsung’s 5nm process technology is optimized for automotive-grade semiconductors. It features extremely tight process controls and advanced IP for exceptional reliability and outstanding traceability. For its part, Ambarella will rely on Samsung’s 5nm process maturity and the technology’s solid track record. This 5nm process is backed by the company’s extensive experience in automotive foundry process, IP, and service package development. These enable manufacturers to create cutting-edge innovations in assisted and automated mobility.

“Ambarella and Samsung Foundry have a rich history of collaboration. We are excited to bring their world-class 5nm technology to our new CV3-AD685 SoCs,” said Fermi Wang, President and CEO at Ambarella. “Samsung’s proven automotive process technology allows us to bring new levels of AI acceleration, systems integration, and power efficiency to ADAS and L2+ through L4 autonomous vehicles.”

CVFlow AI Engine for Full AD Stack Processing

Mainly, CV3-AD685 integrates Ambarella’s next-generation CVflow® AI engine. Specifically, this engine includes neural network processing – 20 times faster than the previous generation of Ambarella’s CV2 SoCs. Also, it provides general-vector and neural-vector processing capabilities to deliver the overall performance required for full autonomous driving (AD) stack processing. Among them include computer vision, 4D imaging radar, deep sensor fusion, and path planning.

“Samsung brings 5nm EUV FinFET technology to automotive applications for unprecedented ADAS and vision processor performance,” said Sang-Pil Sim, executive vice president and head of Foundry Corporate Planning at Samsung Electronics. “With Tier-1 automotive suppliers already adopting the technology, we believe other automotive companies will also consider using the Ambarella CV3-AD SoC product family manufactured in Samsung’s 5nm process.”

CV3-AD685 will be the first in the CV3-AD product family to use Samsung’s 5nm process. Specifically, this SoC integrates advanced image processing, a dense stereo and optical flow engine, ARM® Cortex® A78AE and R52 CPUs, an automotive GPU for visualizations, and a hardware security module (HSM). Additionally, it features an “algorithm first” architecture that provides support for the entire autonomous-driving software stack.

The high-performance, power-efficient, and scalable CV3-AD family is built specifically for ADAS. It complements a wide range of solutions for assisted driving while advancing vehicle automation. The integrated CV3-AD685 SoC enables information from various sensors to be fused for robust L2+ to L4 autonomous driving. Samsung Foundry’s industry-leading process technology and advanced 3D-packaging solutions are powering many of the latest mobile, HPC, and automotive solutions.

Moreover, Samsung Advanced Foundry Ecosystem (SAFE™) program backs the 5nm process. It ensures close collaboration between Samsung Foundry, ecosystem partners, and customers. They deliver robust SoC designs based on certified key design components. Among them are Process Design Kits, reference flows with Design Methodologies, a variety of IPs, and on-demand design support.