Tesla may be working with AMD on AI chip for cars

Electric carmaker Tesla Inc is working with AMD to develop its own artificial intelligence chip for self-driving cars CNBC reported on Wednesday citing a source familiar with the matter

Tesla may be working with AMD on AI chip for cars

Neither Tesla nor Advanced Micro Devices confirmed the report, but it was given added weight by comments during a conference Thursday by AMD spinoff Global Foundries CEO Sanjay Jha that suggested it is working hand-in-hand with Tesla on such a chip, The Verge reported. Nvidia declined to comment.

GlobalFoundries, which fabricates chips, has a wafer supply agreement in place with AMD.

"As we develop these new technologies, we are also seeing a big shift in the business model and the foundry business. They are working directly with IP companies and system development companies because they want to control the hardware and software".

Interestingly, Tesla's head of AI, Jim Keller, is an ex-AMD CPU ar- chitect having designed Zen (used in Ryzen and EPYC), and has surrounded himself at Tesla with several key AMD players, which may have been the initial reason Tesla is aligning themselves with AMD. He said that the Tesla partnership will likely only impact AMD's earnings by $0.02-0.03 in 2018.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said it has been a "tough slog" transitioning from the reliance on Mobileye's vision chips.

It would be a "critical win" for AMD though, as the company shows it can compete in the world of artificial intelligence computing that is coming to dominate the next generation of computers, Lipacis said.

As Tesla pushes towards its goal of building a self-driving vehicle, 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.

As per the report, Tesla is now digging its hands into AMD, the semiconductor Company.

Further, according to a source told the CNBC, Tesla already received back samples of its processors of its first implementation and lately is running tests on it. We'll keep pressing on the matter, among others.

Latest News