Tesla making own chip for its autonomous cars

Friday, 22 Sep, 2017

Most recently, its supplier Mobileye didn't renew the contract with Tesla in the aftermath of the death of a Model S owner - autopilot was activated on that auto.

The subsequent 16 months have been considerably rockier for Tesla and the collection of active-safety and driver-assistance aids that make up Autopilot.

However, with AMD as "the only player in the world that can offer both x86 CPU and strong GPU IP and expertise", it is clear Mosesmann believes Tesla made a smart choice in teaming up with this chip giant.

Tesla Inc.is reportedly working with chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.to develop chips for driverless vehicles that incorporate artificial intelligence technology.

Sanjay Jha, CEO of GlobalFoundries, a spin-off of AMD, spilled the beans at its conference in Santa Clara, California, CNBC reports.

Tesla aims to deliver fully-autonomous driving capabilities in 2019. Developing chips in-house will make Tesla less reliant on Nvidia in the future, according to CNBC, and Nvidia stock fell nearly 4 percent on Wednesday evening after the news broke.

The rest of the former AMD group are engineers now generally working on silicon technology for Tesla's Autopilot group. Tesla is viewed as a leader in all things autonomous and any architectural move from the company is not done willy-nilly. What is happening is that system companies like Google, like Amazon, like Tesla, like Microsoft, are coming directly to foundries.

AMD is up 23.34% this year, including the post-new bump.

Musk's company is also "developing a new hardware suite with more computing power to help achieve its goal of full automation", adds the site.

The company said at the time of the crash that it occurred because "neither Autopilot nor the driver noticed the white side of the. trailer against a brightly lit sky, so the brake was not applied".