Over the years, Taiwan's semiconductor company MediaTek has grown into a larger entity and became increasingly known for building System-on-Chips designed for the mobile market. However, as the telecommunications and automotive industries continue to intersect with one another and find themselves on common ground, MediaTek is now gaining a bigger interest in the concept of autonomous vehicles, which seem to be on their way to becoming the norm in the next decade. Earlier this week the company has announced its plans to create a family of integrated chips for the automotive market, which will be introduced in Q1, 2017.
According to MediaTek, the company's main goal is to offer a more unified semiconductor solution for self-driving cars in order to address the issue of fragmentation. Building a vehicle requires a lot of components supplied by different vendors that specialized in a "best-in-class" solution, and creating a self-driving vehicle is apparently no different. However, in the IT world this approach leads to fragmentation, and MediaTek's goals for the self-driving market is to avoid fragmentation by offering a complete integrated chip package. Citing the company's corporate vice president and general manager of IoT, JC Hsu "The complicated systems of tomorrow's high-tech cars will require a high degree of integration, innovative power management, and improved functionality to support both the highest level of safety demands and driving experiences consumers need." Mr. Hsu also added that future cars powered by MediaTek "will incorporate one seamlessly integrated package of semiconductors – a holistic solution that is now lacking in the auto industry."
As for what this "seamlessly integrated package" will consist of, the company aims to cover four main areas including vision advanced driver assistance system (V-ADAS). The technology uses a decentralized vision processing unit (VPU) to crunch large amounts of visual streaming data, and the system makes use of machine learning for increased accuracy, tracking, and improved decision-making performance. MediaTek's complete self-driving package will also include 5G network and millimeter wave radar solutions, 2D and 3D processing technologies, and chips for enhanced telematics. The company aims for MediaTek-powered cars to incorporate "the best of autonomous driving, infotainment, and convenience features across one seamlessly integrated package". MediaTek will introduce the family of self-driving integrated chips in the first quarter of 2017.