Semiconductor company Qualcomm has announced that it will supply General Motors with a variety of chips to support the automaker’s next-generation vehicles and technologies.
Based out of San Diego, California, Qualcomm is well-known for its cellular data network connectivity chips and 5G development. The company has since moved into the automotive space, and previously supplied GM with the chips needed for connected car applications, safety features, and diagnostics. Now, Qualcomm has announced a continuation of that relationship as it moves to supply General Motors with the components needed to run the next generation of GM features and vehicles.
“Qualcomm Technologies and General Motors have a strong track record of delivering innovative solutions to our customers,” said GM Vice President Global Electrification, Controls, Software and Electronics, Dan Nicholson. “Bolstering our relationship is key to leading the industry through a time of unprecedented growth in vehicle and infrastructure technology.”
Qualcomm will supply General Motors with its third-generation “Snapdragon” Automotive Cockpit Platforms, which will provide a digitally rich in-vehicle experience, as well as AI-based virtual assistance. The system is also said to offer a foundation for future self-driving functionalities.
“GM is a leading technology pioneer in the automotive industry” said senior vice president and general manager, automotive, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Nakul Duggal. “We are thrilled to be at the heart GM’s automotive fleet as the industry embarks on the next generation of mobility with highly advanced digital cockpit, telematics and ADAS. We look forward in continuing our work with GM to define the future of intelligent and connected vehicles.”
Earlier in the month, General Motors, alongside several other major automakers, expressed concern over an ongoing, industry-wide semi-conductor chip shortage, which may curtail production for certain vehicles. The shortage has already affected availability of certain options for the 2021 Chevy Tahoe, 2021 Chevy Suburban, and 2021 GMC Yukon.