Geely develops China’s first 64-bit SoC for vehicles

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 04 Jul 2019


Geely-invested subsidiary, ECARX, has revealed the company’s new E-Series chipset at the launch of the GKUI19 and the global showcase of the Geely Bo Yue PRO, the first vehicle to use both GKUI19 and the E-Series chipset.

ECARX, together with the global fabless semiconductor company, MediaTek, has developed the E-series, a system-on-chip (SoC) made specifically for intelligent connected vehicles to further enhance the users experience when using GKUI-equipped vehicles.

The first independently developed chip from ECARX is the E01 SoC which utilises a high-speed 64-bit quad core Central Processing Unit (CPU) combined with dedicated Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) supporting HD 1080p dual screen display and a 4G modem which provides seamless capable connectivity and content delivery within equipped vehicles.

ECARX is planning to develop a more powerful E02 SoC, a next-generation SoC with 8-cores and an independent neural processing unit NPU, to be launched in the first quarter of 2020.

Since its release in 2018, the GKUI Geely Smart Ecosystem has gathered more than 1 million active users and equipped on more than 22 Geely models. It is claimed to be the fastest intelligent connectivity in-vehicle system in the industry.

With the addition of the new dedicated E-series chips, the updated GKUI19 adds greater AI capabilities to the system. In the latest platform, the GKUI cloud has been upgraded to an AI cloud, GKUI mobile phone inspired desktop has been upgraded to a smart desktop which utilises AI to intuitively configure itself depending on the user’s needs, GKUI One-ID has been upgraded to all-round ID with support for different application ecosystems from GKUI’s eco-partners, and GKUI ecosystem has been upgraded with a developer platform allowing greater integration across the internet. GKUI is now able to connect seamlessly with Xiaomi smart devices, Baidu smart devices, JD.com smart devices and other smart devices allowing users to control their home or office appliances from their car.

In addition, GKUI19 helps meet users mobility needs through their first ridesharing partner, CaoCao Mobility. In the future, GKUI19-equipped vehicles can seamlessly offer ridesharing service with their car through the CaoCao Mobility platform.

An Conghui: "‘Intelligent Connectivity’ will become part of Geely’s DNA and core strength in our products."

Speaking at the event, An Conghui, president and CEO of Geely Auto Group, said: “Geely Auto is committed to being a user-oriented and innovative company. Our goal is to provide users with products with the latest technologies and offer them the ultimate user experience.  We are always exploring new applications for smart mobility and smart connectivity so that smart technologies can reach consumers faster. ‘Intelligent Connectivity’ will become part of Geely’s DNA and core strength in our products.”

Geely says it is committed to building a smart future mobility ecology and becoming a global leader in intelligent connected vehicles. As a technology company strategically invested in by Geely, ECARX has been focused on creating a new smart ‘Internet of Vehicle’ ecology. Based on the concept of bringing the internet into the car, ECARX, which is a strategic partner to Internet giants like Baidu and Tencent, aims to offer the best intelligent cockpit experience to owners.