Tesla could be working on its own artificial intelligence chip with AMD for their self driving cars

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

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The Tesla logo. Reuters.

AMD spin-off Global Foundries Chief Executive Sanjay Jha said his company is working directly with Tesla, according to the CNBC report.

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

Tesla isn’t completely going it alone in chip development, according to the source, and will build on top of AMD intellectual property, CNBC reported.

More than 50 people are working on the project under Jim Keller, a longtime chip architect and the head of Autopilot hardware and software of Tesla, according to the report.

As per an earlier report, Keller was appointed to replace Chris Lattner who left Tesla six months after joining from Apple where he led the development of the Swift programming language.

Based on a report by The Verge, Tesla also recently hired leading AI expert Andrej Karpathy as the company’s new director of AI and Autopilot. Karpathy had previously been an employee at OpenAI, a nonprofit effort to advance artificial intelligence started by Elon Musk among others.

AMD shares were up 2.2 percent in extended trading. Tesla, AMD, and GlobalFoundries did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

With inputs from Reuters

Published Date: Sep 21, 2017 01:48 pm | Updated Date: Sep 21, 2017 01:48 pm

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