Tesla may be working with AMD on AI chip for cars

Over 50 workers are developing the project under the leadership of Keller, including Bill McGee who is Principal Hardware Engineer at AMD and Dan Bailey, the system circuit design leader according to CNBC.

The company is reportedly building its chip on top of AMD technology and is even working with AMD spin-off and chip fabricator GlobalFoundries to make its vision a reality.

The first samples of the AI chip processor have been received by Tesla and are now undergoing tests by the electric auto making company, according to a source from CNBC.

Tesla has made no secret of the fact that it wants to put fully autonomous cars on roads in the next few years.

Tesla is working with semiconductor company AMD on the chip, according to the report. Remember Nvidia supplies the processing power to run the current Tesla Autopilot systems. The news comes not long after Tesla's vice president of Autopilot autonomous driving technology - Apple veteran Chris Lattner - departed in June. Tesla previously sourced chips from Mobileye, the Israel-based company that was acquired by Intel earlier this year for over $15 billion.

The effort to build its own chip is in line with Tesla's push to be vertically integrated and decrease reliance on other companies.

News of Tesla's deal with AMD broke just days after Intel revealed that it has had a long-standing partnership with Waymo, Google's self-driving auto company.

The spokesperson for GlobalFoundries said that Jha's comments at the GlobalFoundries Technology Conference were not reported accurately.

Tesla and AMD partner on A.I. chip from CNBC.

Developing chips in-house also fits in with the broader business philosophy of Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

  • Neal Todd