Tesla working with AMD on artificial intelligence chip for self-driving car

Posted September 22, 2017

Shares of AMD spiked on the news, while Nvidia was down in after-hours trading.

Tesla is expected to come up with its first-ever autonomous vehicle with self-driving capabilities in 2019.

According to commentators, a more power-efficient purpose-built chip could help development of totally autonomous driving.

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According to tech website WCCFTech, the new AI chip could be AMD's next-generation Navi graphics architecture.

Steves also doesn't think that the AMD-Tesla chip will even replace Nvidia at Tesla.

CNBC also reported that Sanjay Jha, CEO of chip fabricator GlobalFoundries (which spun off from AMD back in 2009 and has a supply agreement with its former parent), mentioned Tesla as a notable company that works with fabricators at a recent event, adding fuel to the AMD rumors.

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Rosenblatt Securities chip analyst Hans Mosesmann this evening published a note to clients regarding the report this afternoon from CNBC stating that Tesla Motors (TSLA) is using technology from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) to make a special "A.I." chip for self-driving, which Mosesmann views as a "game changer". While AMD and Tesla instantly didn't return to the request for comments by the Business Insiders, on the other hand, Nvidia rejected to comment.

Elon Musk has previously stated that full-fledged autopilot should be available for the selected Tesla models, that support the feature, in 2019.

More than 50 people are working on the project under Jim Keller, a longtime chip architect and the head of Autopilot hardware and software of Tesla, according to the report. Keller was the man behind iPhone chips' A4 and A5. Tesla has brought on several AMD veterans after hiring Keller, including director Ganesh Venkataramanan, principal hardware engineer Bill McGee and system circuit design lead Dan Bailey. Incidentally, they all worked for AMD.

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