People close to Li Bin told 36 krypton that although the self-developed chip project has not been discussed by the board of directors, Li Bin, the helmsman of Weilai, has a clear intention, is thinking about the final structure, and has been briefing the companys senior executives and shareholders to do some communication in advance.
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In response to the self-developed chip plan, Weilai has also set up an independent hardware team called smarthw (hardware). According to sources, Li Bin has been looking for a technical leader with a silicon-based background a few months ago.
Tesla has come out. Just copy your homework. A new car technology executive told 36 krypton.
At present, both ideal and Xiaopeng have locked in the new generation of NVIDIA chip Orin, with a computing power of 200tops and a power consumption of 45W. Wang Kai, CTO of ideal automobile, once said that NVIDIA has a mature tool chain, which can help auto companies quickly establish self-developed algorithms.
But there is no conflict between using third-party computing chip and self-developed. Tesla is the first person in the auto driving enterprise to develop self driving chip. At the beginning of 2016, former amd chief architect Jim Keller joined Tesla as vice president of autopilot. Subsequently, Jim Kellers good friend Peter Bannon also chose to join in. Teslas self-developed chip project was officially launched. By April 2019, it was officially launched on mass production vehicles. In this process, Teslas autopilot chips have adopted Mobileyes eyeq3, NVIDIA drivepx2 and other products one after another, until its own self-developed chip achievements were implemented.
Li Bins idea is also to walk on two legs. First, we should adopt the suppliers solution to realize the mass production of vehicle models, but at the same time, we should also establish our own capabilities. A person close to Li Bin said. 36 krypton learned from a number of industry insiders that before deciding to develop its own chip, Li Bin had done a lot of research, including working with Li Xiang, he Xiaopeng and chip start-up black sesame to discuss customized solutions, but failed to finalize. Ideal car has announced the application of NVIDIAs Orin chip on the next generation platform.
Weilai automobile, led by Li Bin, has always been pursuing the leading technology and application. On the first generation platform, it has achieved the first launch of mobileeyeyeq4 chip, and has imitated Teslas configuration of three camera perception scheme. In the near future, Tesla will be able to realize automatic operation of vehicles on ramps due to the introduction of redundant functions such as NOP.
Entering the next stage of competition with intelligence as the core, Weilai is bound to bet more chips. According to 36 krypton, Li Bin has also put a lot of energy into intelligent R & D business.
In August this year, 36 krypton exclusively reported that Ren Shaoqing, the former R & D director of momenta, joined Weilai as assistant vice president and reported to Li Bin. Combined with Ren Shaoqings professional background in computer vision, it is not difficult to see that behind this introduction is Wei Lais intention to complement the perception technology and establish the full stack capability of algorithms.
In addition to the introduction of talents, Li Bin also took the business focus of ADAS and digital gateway from the R & D division of North America to China. The problem of network disconnection that bothered users of Weilai for more than two years was also solved under the strong promotion of Li Bin.
The most invested by Li Bin is ADAS business. Many people from Wei Lai describe to 36 krypton that the ADAS business of Weilai is now like a mysterious independent department. At the internal business coordination meeting, the ADAS team hardly participates, while Li Bin often participates in the meetings of ADAS department.
In addition to sorting out the personnel and architecture of mass production projects, Weilais pre research projects also include central computing platform, real-time operating system, etc. From the perspective of overall architecture development and layout, self-developed chips are also reasonable. Weilai R & D personnel to 36 krypton evaluation, and now the core car gauge chip in the hands of overseas companies, domestic substitution will be a trend.