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Tesla making own chip for its autonomous cars

Tesla making own chip for its autonomous cars”

Tesla is moving closer to making its own chip for handling autonomous driving tasks in its cars.

Rosenblatt Securities chip analyst Hans Mosesmann this evening published a note to clients regarding the report this afternoon from CNBC stating that Tesla Motors (TSLA) is using technology from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) to make a special "A.I." chip for self-driving, which Mosesmann views as a "game changer".

The effort to build its own chip is in line with Tesla's push to be vertically integrated and decrease reliance on other companies.

A 50-person team is reportedly working on the chip, headed by former Apple and AMD chip designer Jim Keller, who joined Tesla from AMD past year.

A Tesla spokesperson declined to comment about the AMD collab when reached by Mashable via email, while a spokesperson on behalf of Global Foundries told us that Jha's comments about Tesla were "not reported accurately".

Intel stock closed down 16 cents, or 0.4%, at $37.07, and are down 24 cents, or 0.7%, at $36.83, in after-hours.

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

GlobalFoundries, a chip fabricator, has a wafer supply agreement in place with AMD through 2020.

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.

AMD would help provide Tesla with development of the chip.



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