Tesla might have a new partner to develop self-driving auto 'brains'
Tesla might have a new partner to develop self-driving auto 'brains'
Tesla Close to Unveiling Autonomous Driving Chips With AMD
22 September, 2017, 00:43
As Tesla pushes towards its goal of building a self-driving auto, it has emerged that the on-board artificial intelligence chip is being built upon AMD intellectual property, this is according to a source close to the project.
AMD shares closed up 62 cents, or nearly 5%, at $13.74, following CNBC's headline, and are up another 87 cents, over 6%, at $14.62, in late trading. According to a source familiar with the matter, Tesla has already received its first batch of samples and has already begun doing test runs.
For those who are not aware, GlobalFoundries is the chip fabricator of AMD and has an existing agreement until 2020.
"On Wednesday Sanjay Jha, CEO of AMD spin-off GlobalFoundries, said at the company's technology conference in Santa Clara, California, that the company is working directly with Tesla".
Tesla has an existing relationship with Nvidia, whose GPUs power its Autopilot system, but this new in-house chip reported by CNBC could potentially reduce its reliance on third-party AI processing hardware.
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Currently Tesla is looking to kit out all current models of their electric cars with the technical capability to perform an autopilot function, although a software update at some point in the future will be required in order to make the cars actually capable of driving around their passengers without input.
Tesla or AMD have not commented on the rumors. The company also stated that they do not comment on customers or potential customers' projects. Tesla silicon project is being headed by longtime chip architect Jim Keller who took over from Chris Lattner in June.
Tesla is known for its aspirations to vertically integrate its business as much as possible, and its partnership with AMD could be a move toward that goal.
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