Tesla may be working with AMD on AI chip for cars

Lucy Hill
September 22, 2017

One of their main goals is to develop a power-efficient Artificial Intelligence (AI) chip created to deliver a totally autonomous driving. Tesla is looking to develop their own chips that are custom made to their AI needs, and provide energy efficiency while tackling specifically the problems of self-driving.

In extending trade the shares of AMD were up to 2.2%.

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.

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

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".

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Furthermore, Sanjay Jha, CEO of GlobalFoundries, a semiconductor foundry, listed Tesla as an example of a company working with chip fabricators.

Last year, AMD lost what Tesla CEO Elon Musk called a tight race against Nvidia for the auto company's GPU/AI business. "GlobalFoundries, which fabricates chips, has a wafer supply agreement in place with AMD through 2020".

GlobalFoundries said in a statement that the company does not comment on customers or potential customers, and denied that Jha said the company was working directly with Tesla.

Chip architect Jim Keller, formerly of AMD and Apple, and who designed the Apple A4 and A5 iPhone chips, is spearheading the project for Tesla, CNBC said, adding that several other AMD veterans also have been brought on board to work on the project. Incidentally, they all worked for AMD.

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