During its recent visit to the US, Samsung's Executive Chairman Lee Jae-yong met with Tesla's CEO Elon Musk to discuss future partnership involving automotive chips. According to people familiar with the matter, Tesla is looking for a supplier of FSD (Fully Self-Driving) chips for its future cars. Samsung will be charged with manufacturing them, while Tesla will keep the design in-house.
It's important to note that this isn't going to be the first Tesla-Samsung collaboration. As of now, the Korean tech giant is providing Tesla with batteries, Exynos Auto chips and camera sensors. Even now, Samsung's foundry in Texas is producing 14nm chips for the American automaker. However, the two companies are now discussing the production of far more advanced 5nm chips.
While the meeting may seem promising from Samsung's perspective, Tesla is still considering all options and TSMC may get the contract after all. In fact, a report back in December named TSMC as Tesla's future 4nm chip supplier.
Considering the size, cooling and battery that is available to these chips in an electric car, those sentiments are laughable at best.
Chips on a vehicle has little concern about overheating, there are no space or thermal management constrain like on tiny phones.
There is no such thing as a 'Fully Self-Driving' Tesla.