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China’s BYD Selects Qualcomm Automotive Solutions to Help Drive Immersive, Connected and Intelligent In-Vehicle Experiences

China’s Largest Electronic Vehicle manufacturer to Feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 820A Automotive Platform for Integrated Automotive Infotainment and Digital Cluster Platform

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), and Chinese new energy company, BYD Company Ltd., today announced the selection of Qualcomm Technologies’ automotive solutions for upcoming electric vehicles from BYD. Anticipated to begin in 2019, BYD electric vehicles are planned to feature integrated infotainment and digital cluster systems powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820A Automotive platform. The software architecture, hypervisor support and integration capability of the Snapdragon 820A Automotive platform supports BYD’s efforts to integrate its infotainment and digital cluster systems into a single electronic control unit (ECU). This is designed to deliver significant optimization and integration benefits compared to previous architectures, which used several different ECUs within the vehicle. Utilizing Qualcomm Technologies’ automotive solutions helps to improve power efficiency within the integrated ECU, which aids in enhancing the vehicle overall performance, battery life and driving range. The use of Qualcomm Technologies’ integrated infotainment and cluster system with Snapdragon 820A Automotive platform is designed to support a unified user interface, improvement in contextual awareness, and a rich in-vehicle user experience with multimedia.


Qualcomm Technologies’ highly advanced technologies for integrating infotainment systems with the digital cluster, using the Snapdragon 820A Automotive platform, are designed to provide automakers with a comprehensive automotive connectivity solution. With its power-efficient and customized Qualcomm® Kryo™ CPU, Qualcomm® Hexagon 680 DSP with Hexagon Vector eXtensions (HVX) and Qualcomm® Adreno™ GPU, the Snapdragon 820A Automotive platform helps provide truly immersive user experiences, allowing for the increased bandwidth to stream high-definition videos onto stunning in-vehicle displays, while supporting audio and video streaming from multiple devices through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Additionally, the Snapdragon 820A Automotive platform’s vehicle sensor integration is designed to support driver assistance using Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine and computer vision using HVX, location navigation using an integrated global navigation satellite system (GNSS) and automotive dead reckoning, supporting the vehicle’s awareness of its surroundings for safety and driver assistance.


“Qualcomm Technologies’ approach for integrated infotainment and cluster is instrumental for us to provide high performance user experiences, with high efficiency and system level integration benefits for the vehicle,” said Fred Wu, GM of BYD Auto electronic (Div.5). “By utilizing Qualcomm Technologies’ power-efficient and advanced automotive platform, we are empowered to deliver the most cutting-edge and state-of-the-art vehicles to our consumers. The Snapdragon 820A Automotive platform is both efficient and meets the demanding requirements for our model year 2019 product line. We look forward to working with Qualcomm Technologies in having their industry-leading automotive solutions power our next-generation vehicles.”


“As infotainment systems become more relevant in purchase decisions, it is important that automakers are armed with the industry’s most comprehensive and advanced solutions,” said Nakul Duggal, vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Our approach for infotainment systems and digital clusters using the Snapdragon 820A Automotive platform, together with our comprehensive software solutions, allows car manufacturers to feature our most advanced automotive systems for superior user experiences. We look forward to a successful and long-standing relationship with BYD to deliver the top-of-the-line user experiences consumers expect today, and to usher in next generation infotainment technology into premium-tier electric vehicles.”


Qualcomm Technologies has been delivering solutions for leading automakers such as BYD for more than 15 years, working closely with all major car manufacturers globally on telematics, connectivity and infotainment. For more information, please visit the Qualcomm Technologies automotive booth during CES® 2018, located in the North Hall, booth #5616, or visit


About BYD

BYD Company Ltd. (BYD) is a high-tech company committed to “meeting people’s desire for good life through technology innovation”. Established in February 1995, BYD has expanded from 20 employees to 220,000 employees and established 30 industrial parks globally after 23 years’ rapid development, realizing its strategic layout on six continents. With businesses covering battery, electronics, passenger vehicle, commercial vehicle, rail transit, etc, BYD provides integrated Zero Emissions new energy solutions from energy access, storage to applications. BYD is listed on the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchange, with over hundred-billion yuan of total revenue and market capitalization. For more information, please visit

About Qualcomm

Qualcomm's technologies powered the smartphone revolution and connected billions of people. We pioneered 3G and 4G – and now we are leading the way to 5G and a new era of intelligent, connected devices. Our products are revolutionizing industries, including automotive, computing, IoT, healthcare and data center, and are allowing millions of devices to connect with each other in ways never before imagined. Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, all of our engineering, research and development functions, and all of our products and services businesses, including, our QCT semiconductor business. For more information, visit Qualcomm’s website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.

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