Apple’s Monster Car Chip Would Be Equal To Four M2 Ultras

Key Takeaways

  • Apple developed a groundbreaking automotive chip, termed a "monster," surpassing industry standards.
  • The Titan project's discontinuation shifts Apple's focus from automotive to enhancing CarPlay and exploring AI.
  • The tech community awaits how Apple will repurpose the advanced Titan chip technology for future innovations.

Apple’s ‘Titan’ project chip, dubbed a ‘monster’ equivalent to 4 M2 Ultras, shifts from cars to AI focus after project wind-down.

Apple’s ambitious automotive project Titan has reportedly developed a chip capable of redefining the future of automotive technology. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman described the chip as a “monster” and said it was equivalent to four M2 Ultras combined. This feat would have set a new benchmark in the industry.

The M2 Ultra, known for its presence in the Mac Pro, boasts up to a 24-core CPU, a 76-core GPU, and a 32-core Neural Engine, with support for up to 192GB RAM.

The Titan chip, nearing completion, would have utterly eclipsed even the Tesla Full Self-Driving chip. The latest contains 12 ARM CPUs and a total of 6 billion transistors. In contrast, a single M2 Ultra chip has 134 billion transistors.

Despite the decade-long development and billions invested, Apple decided to wind down the Titan effort, shifting focus to CarPlay enhancements. The reasons behind this decision remain speculative, but the complexity of creating a fully autonomous vehicle and the dip in the global demand for electric cars may have been contributing factors. The project’s discontinuation raises questions about the future application of the Titan chips.

While there is no clear direction in sight, Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, is focused on generative AI. A Bloomberg report suggests that developers under the Titan project have been moved to Apple’s Artificial Intelligence division.

Meanwhile, the tech community eagerly anticipates how Apple might repurpose the Titan chip’s engineering for future innovations.

As the dust settles on the Titan project, Apple’s foray into the automotive industry leaves behind a legacy of technological advancements and a glimpse into what could have been a transformative autonomous vehicle chip.

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