Tesla Is Allegedly Partnering With AMD to Build Its Own Autonomous Chips

Tesla is reportedly developing its own chip with AMD for self-driving cars

CNBC reported on Wednesday that Tesla is inching closer to completing this #AI Chip.

With a more powerful AI processor chip, this can potentially get Tesla models to boost its range as well as efficiently drive itself. According to a source familiar with the matter, Tesla has already received its first batch of samples and has already begun doing test runs.

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

Tesla is partnering with AMD, according to the source, and will build on top of AMD intellectual property.

GlobalFoundries, which fabricates chips, has a wafer supply agreement in place with AMD. Reports began to surface that Tesla is, in fact, working with AMD to develop an AI chip for their autonomous driving.

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

Yesterday, Sanjay Jha, CEO of AMD spin-off and chip fabricator GlobalFoundries, at the company's technology conference in Santa Clara, California, mentioned Tesla as an example of companies that were working with fabricators. Plus, Tesla is hoping the deal will help the company rely less on third party AI hardware, so they're in a better position to control their own products without having to rely on outside companies (except, of course, from AMD).

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. Chris Lattner, Tesla's vice president of Autopilot software, left the company in June after just six months at the helm.

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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