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Tesla, AMD Developing Self-Driving Car AI Chip

Sep 23, 2017, 01:20
Tesla, AMD Developing Self-Driving Car AI Chip

Tesla has been tipped in a project to develop its own artificial intelligence chip, and sources claim it is working with AMD to refine this chip.

Supposedly, Tesla has received back samples of the first implementation of the new processor, with the electric automaker now running various tests with the chips.

But Tesla isn't completely going it alone in chip development, according to the source, and will build on top of AMD intellectual property. Building a specific chip designed entirely for autonomous driving would help Tesla in a number of ways, including gaining more control over a key aspect of its own supply chain, and increasing overall system efficiency and performance.

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While neither company has commented on the matter, the news saw AMD's share price end the day up 5 percent and continue to climb after hours.

The sources go on to state that more than 50 individuals are part of the team working on this project under Tesla's head of autopilot hardware and software Jim Keller; he joined the company early a year ago.

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Mobileye chose not to renew its contract with Tesla last July, just a few months after Model S owner Joshua Brown died in a fatal accident while Autopilot was activated.

This deal is big for multiple reasons: Tesla now secures all of its GPUs from NVIDIA for self-driving cars, which I'm sure this deal will change that. The news comes not long after Tesla's vice president of Autopilot autonomous driving technology - Apple veteran Chris Lattner - departed in June.

Notably Tesla is not working with Intel, which has enjoyed a long working relationship with Alphabet's Waymo vehicle group.

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