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Samsung Reportedly in Talks With Google's Waymo for Supply of Autonomous Driving Chip

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Last Updated: March 16, 2021, 12:11 IST

Waymo plans to test all kinds of autonomous vehicles at its new facility in Ohio. (Photo: AFP Relaxnews)

Waymo plans to test all kinds of autonomous vehicles at its new facility in Ohio. (Photo: AFP Relaxnews)

Samsung will develop a chip that computes data collected from various sensors installed in autonomous vehicles or centrally controls functions by exchanging information with Google data centres in real time.

Samsung Electronics recently won a project for Google parent Alphabet’s autonomous driving unit Waymo to develop chips for next-generation self-driving cars, South Korean media reported on Monday. Samsung will develop a chip that computes data collected from various sensors installed in autonomous vehicles or centrally controls functions by exchanging information with Google data centres in real time, South Korean newspaper Herald Business reported, citing unnamed industry source.

The project is expected to be carried out by Samsung’s logic chip development division System LSI’s Custom SOC Business Team, it added.

Samsung Electronics declined comment regarding client company matters. Alphabet did not have an immediate comment. Earlier this month, it was reported that Samsung Electronics Co Ltd was considering two sites in Arizona and another one in New York in addition to Austin, Texas, for a new $17 billion chip plant, according to documents filed with Texas state officials.

The documents dated Feb. 26 also estimated tax abatements concerning the plant will be about $1.48 billion over 20 years from Travis County in Texas and the city of Austin, up from the $805.5 million previously mentioned.

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Samsung is in talks with the sites at Arizona and New York, with each offering property tax abatement and “significant grants and/or refundable tax credits" to fund infrastructure improvements, the documents said.

The new plant Samsung plans to build would produce “advanced logic devices" for Samsung’s chip contract manufacturing business, and could create 1,800 jobs, according to previous documents filed with Texas state officials.

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first published:March 16, 2021, 12:11 IST
last updated:March 16, 2021, 12:11 IST
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