EXCLUSIVE: Why Automakers Are Turning To Qualcomm For The Digital Transformation

Zinger Key Points
  • Qualcomm's automotive design-win pipeline has grown to $30 billion, up more than 100% since the end of last year.
  • "Our DNA is high-performance computing, low power," Cristiano Amon says.
EXCLUSIVE: Why Automakers Are Turning To Qualcomm For The Digital Transformation

Qualcomm Inc's QCOM automotive design-win pipeline has more than doubled in less than a year as more and more automakers turn to the company's Snapdragon Digital Chassis solutions.

Cristiano Amon, president and CEO of Qualcomm, highlighted the accelerated adoption Monday on Benzinga's "PreMarket Prep."

$30 Billion Pipeline: Qualcomm's design-win pipeline for automotive was hovering around $19 billion last quarter before interest increased significantly. The company added an additional $10 billion in just the last two months, bringing its total pipeline up to $30 billion, Amon said.

"It just shows how fast all of the automakers in the industry are embracing the Qualcomm digital chassis," he said. 

The digital transformation is a top priority for automakers as vehicles become connected computers on wheels, Amon said, adding that the company just announced a collaboration with Mercedes-Benz.

Qualcomm will work with Mercedes-Benz to offer direct interactions and personalized experiences for customers through Snapdragon. Amon told Benzinga that the company plans to launch its digital cockpit for Mercedes-Benz vehicles at the end of the year.  

Related Link: Analysts Hail Qualcomm's Auto Design Pipeline Due To Market Prospects

Why Automakers Are Choosing Qualcomm: There are a number of different trends driving the transformation of the automotive industry and Qualcomm's vast mobile experience has positioned it for a natural transformation into automotive, Amon said. 

Qualcomm offers connectivity to the cloud and powers everything from infotainment and dashboard systems to smart mirrors, he said. 

"Our DNA is high-performance computing, low power. We have the most performance per watt of any other company in the semiconductor industry and we can bring all of those technologies to the car ... plus do all of the computation required for artificial intelligence and assisted driving with very efficient power, and I think that's what's resonating well," Amon said.

Qualcomm differentiates itself from the competition by offering connected capabilities across all automotive domains. The company offers connectivity to the cloud, processing power for screens, central computing functions for assisted and autonomous driving and software for all areas of the vehicles, the Qualcomm CEO said.

In the past, automakers would design vehicles before making decisions on electrical components, but moving forward, automakers will choose a technology platform before they decide how to scale on that platform. Qualcomm's digital chassis solutions allow automakers to easily add technology to its entire range of vehicles, Amon said. 

Qualcomm CFO Akash Palkhiwala previously told Benzinga that the company remained focused on diversifying its revenue streams. Amon confirmed those diversification efforts and noted that automotive is a big part of the shift. 

“We're really moving from being the communications company for the mobile industry, to really being the connected computing company for the edge, and Automotive is a great example of opportunities for Qualcomm,” the CEO said. 

See the full interview with the Qualcomm CEO below:

QCOM Price Action: Qualcomm has a 52-week high of $193.58 and a 52-week low of $118.23.

The stock was down 0.33% at $120.80 at time of publication Monday, according to Benzinga Pro.

Photo: Courtesy of Qualcomm.

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