Friday, 20 October, 2017

Tesla reportedly partners with AMD to build chips for self-driving vehicles

Tesla is Developing Their Own Self Driving AI Chip with AMD Joseph Thornton Flickr
Debra Rodriguez | 22 September, 2017, 01:09

CNBC sources say that Tesla has over 50 employees working on the project with AMD.

It's likely, however, that AMD and Tesla are working together based exclusively on some hires that Tesla has been making. A report from CNBC (auto-play video warning) claims that Tesla has partnered with AMD and the company's former manufacturing division GlobalFoundries to produce a semi-custom chip for autonomous driving functionality in the company's future vehicles.

Tesla has not officially commented on this report.

Shares of rival chip producer Nvidia, which fell as much as 4.7 percent on Thursday morning, pared some of its losses and were down 2.9 percent.

A more power-efficient purpose-built chip could help Tesla get closer to delivering totally autonomous driving. He joined Tesla early a year ago and is now the head of Autopilot hardware. Tesla previously sourced chips from Mobileye, the Israel-based company that was acquired by Intel earlier this year for over $15 billion.

The company has yet to release all of the software updates for its second-generation Autopilot system that was made available for purchase in December 2016.

Since the split, Tesla has built a new Autopilot technology stack using non-Mobileye hardware, including Nvidia graphics processors.

While Tesla is still very much a bit-player in the global auto market, the company hits well above its weight in the public relations stakes - meaning that the deal could prove a boon for AMD even if the high-volume orders it would need to turn a profit never arrive.

Will you take a ride in Tesla's autonomous vehicle? Chris Lattner, Tesla's vice president of Autopilot software, left the company in June after just six months at the helm.

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