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Tesla Developing Own AI Hardware with AMD

By StreetDrone,

October 10th, 2017

According to reports from CNBC, Tesla has been working closely with AMD to develop and produce its own chip to power their autonomous vehicles, with over 50 employees involved in the project, including veteran semiconductor engineer Jim Keller, well known for his work at AMD and Apple.

Current Tesla vehicles utilise Nvidia GPU’s as part of their Autopilot self-driving hardware. This latest initiative is a drive to decrease reliance on third parties, although their new chip is rumoured to be built on top of existing AMD IP.

This development comes alongside Intel announcing it’s working with Waymo on its autonomous driving project – yet another example of partnerships with big chip makers as they all make moves to stake a claim in the burgeoning autonomous vehicle market.

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