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23 September 2017, 01:19 | Ruby West
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Telsa is reportedly developing its own AI chip for automated cars with AMD. The electric carmaker has apparently already received the first samples of its processor prototype for testing, according to the report.
GlobalFoundries, which fabricates chips for Advanced Micro Devices Inc, said on Thursday that Tesla had not committed to working with it on any autonomous driving technology or product, contradicting an earlier media report.
AMD shares spiked after CNBC reported that the company is working with Tesla. Tesla previously sourced chips from Mobileye, the Israel-based company that was acquired by Intel earlier this year for over $15 billion. AMD shares were up 2%, near 14 in after-hours trading in the stock market today, after rising 4% during regular-hours trading. Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised this year that capability will be available to consumers in 2019. However, the two parted ways after a fatal Tesla Model S Autopilot accident in Florida.
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.
While Tesla now partners with Nvidia for computing needs within their cars, this deal involves Elon Musk's company relying heavily on tech that's designed by external sources, and it's natural and logical for Tesla to prefer a little less reliance on factors that are beyond their control when building their self-driving machines.
Notably Tesla is not working with Intel, which has enjoyed a long working relationship with Alphabet's Waymo vehicle group.
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