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Tesla, AMD partner to develop chip for autonomous cars

Tesla, AMD partner to develop chip for autonomous cars”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised this year that capability will be available to consumers in 2019.

Vehicles by Tesla now operate using Nvidia graphics processing units self-driving software after parting ways with Mobileye, which used to provide the auto company with AI Chip processors, before the two companies went their separate ways following an accident involving a Mobileye-powered Tesla.

CNBC reported late this afternoon that AMD is working with Tesla to develop a chip for "A.I." functions of a self-driving vehicle. This move is being viewed as a decision by Tesla to reduce its reliance on NVIDIA.

Since the split, Tesla has built a new Autopilot technology stack using non-Mobileye hardware, including Nvidia graphics processors.

The report stated that Tesla has received samples of the processor and is now running tests on it. This would allow the company to vertically integrate the chips (keeping more IP in-house) and does not suggest that NVDA will lose content in the future. While Tesla is getting help from AMD in developing the chip, Tesla will reportedly own the rights to it.

For years, Tesla had partnered with MobileEye for the image-recognition hardware in its Autopilot technology, but the Israeli company ended the relationship last July following a fatal crash involving the semi-autonomous system.

Steves thinks the chip being developed in the Tesla-AMD partnership will focus on specific computing tasks, while the general processing will still be handled by Nvidia's chips.

Tesla has not officially commented on this report.



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