The Geely-backed chip startup SiEngine has made significant strides in the automotive industry with its Dragon Eagle-1 chip, now integrated into over 200,000 vehicles. This automotive-grade chip, entirely produced in China, represents a major achievement in the country's semiconductor industry. Launched in December 2021, the Dragon Eagle-1 is a 7nm cockpit chip, showcasing advanced technology in a compact size.
The Dragon Eagle-1 chip is a testament to China's growing prowess in semiconductor manufacturing. This chip is found in various electric vehicles (EVs) from Geely, including the Lynk & Co 08 SUV, 06 EM-P SUV, and Livan 7 SUV. Additionally, SiEngine has received orders from other EV manufacturers, including FAW, for more than 20 different models. The Dragon Eagle-1 stands out for its integration of all system components into a single chip. Despite its small size, approximately 83 square millimeters, it contains 8.8 billion transistors and 87 layers of circuitry. The chip's CPU features 8 cores, while the GPU is equipped with 14 cores. It also includes programmable NPU, ISP, VPU, and DSP clusters, all built using the 7nm fab process.
Geely's Dragon Eagle-1 chip revolutionizes electric vehicles
SiEngine, a joint venture between ECARX and ARM China, focuses on designing, developing, and selling advanced automotive electronic chips. ECARX, founded by Geely’s founder Eric Li (Li Shufu), is an automotive technology provider, while ARM, a chip design company under Softbank based in the UK, has provided crucial support for SiEngine’s early IP design and tape-out. In 2022, SiEngine received significant capital investments from sources including FAW, aiding its expansion and diversification in industrial chains. This funding has greatly facilitated the development of the Dragon Eagle-1.
At the helm of SiEngine is Shen Ziyu, who holds dual roles as the Chairman of SiEngine and the Chairman and CEO of ECARX, as well as a leadership position in Xingji Meizu, a Geely subsidiary. Under Shen's guidance, SiEngine is poised to continue developing the Dragon Eagle-1 chip, expanding its capabilities, and broadening its application across more EV brands.