Honda and IBM Join Hands for Joint R&D in Semiconductor Chip and To Develop Future SDV Technologies

Honda and IBM Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Explore Long-term Joint Research and Development of Semiconductor Chip and Software Technologies for Future Software-Defined Vehicles

Agreement outlines intent to research and develop solutions to new challenges related to processing performance, power consumption, and design complexity.

Honda and IBM have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to embark on a long-term joint research and development initiative. This collaboration aims to address the challenges and complexities associated with semiconductor chips and software technologies, which are crucial for the next generation of software-defined vehicles (SDVs).

The MOU indicates a shared commitment to explore specialized semiconductor technologies, such as brain-inspired computing and chiplet technologies. These efforts are directed towards enhancing processing performance while reducing power consumption. Additionally, the partnership will look into open and flexible software solutions to manage the increasing design complexity of semiconductors for future SDVs.

This strategic alliance is a response to the anticipated widespread application of intelligence and AI technologies in mobility and other sectors by 2030 and beyond. The goal is to develop next-generation computing technologies that can meet the high processing performance demands and low power consumption requirements of the future, thereby enabling the realization of highly competitive SDVs.

Besides this IBM (Technology) and Honda (Automobile) collaboration, there have been several other notable partnerships in the tech and auto sectors aimed at accelerating innovation and development. Market research firm Gartner has identified that automakers are re-evaluating their approach to hardware sourcing and predicts that by 2025, 50% of the top 10 automotive OEMs will design their own chips.

Tech Mahindra has partnered with Anyverse to accelerate Al adoption in the automotive industry, focusing on synthetic data to train, test, and validate Al systems for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), in-cabin systems, and autonomous vehicle (AV) applications.

Automotive software firm Cariad and Bosch, as well as Argo Al, Ford, and Walmart, have announced partnerships to advance automated and autonomous driving and associated services.

Ford and Volkswagen have agreed to explore working on electric and autonomous vehicles together, while Honda invested in General Motors' driverless unit with a view to launching a fleet of unmanned taxis.

These collaborations reflect a broader trend in the industry where tech companies and automakers are joining forces to navigate the complex landscape of software-defined vehicles and the integration of advanced technologies.

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