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NXP Drives Automotive Chip Race Without Big Brains

The chip maker hopes to bring together all the software for a next-generation vehicle platform – but without a big, central CPU at the wheel.
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By Junko Yoshida

What’s at stake?
There is, indeed, a growing acceptance that big-brain chip suppliers – Nvidia, Qualcomm and Intel/Mobileye – have already won the architecture battle for highly automated vehicles. Does that mean traditional automotive chip companies have surrendered? To the contrary. They still seem to be scheming for new angles to keep themselves relevant or beat rivals. Where in this turmoil will NXP’s new real-time automotive processors fit?

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