AMD and Tesla: 'Double Slap' at Intel, Says Rosenblatt

Joanna Estrada
September 22, 2017

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

Tesla is reportedly developing its own processor for artificial intelligence, intended for use with its self-driving systems, in partnership with AMD.

Furthermore, Tesla has already receivedback samples of the first implementation of its processor and is now running tests on it, a source told CNBC.

Tesla is working with semiconductor company AMD on the chip, according to the report.

Tesla, AMD, and GlobalFoundries did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

A more power-efficient purpose-built chip could help Tesla get closer to delivering totally autonomous driving. AMD shares were up 2%, near 14 in after-hours trading in the stock market today, after rising 4% during regular-hours trading.

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.

Interestingly, Tesla's head of AI, Jim Keller, is an ex-AMD CPU ar- chitect having designed Zen (used in Ryzen and EPYC), and has surrounded himself at Tesla with several key AMD players, which may have been the initial reason Tesla is aligning themselves with AMD. Keller has been involved with Apple's A4 and A5 processors, the original Athlon 64 processors, and AMD's latest Zen architecture. Previously Tesla used chips from Mobileye, but the two companies parted ways previous year after an accident involving a Mobileye-powered Tesla. Previously, it worked with Israel-based Mobileye, which was subsequently acquired by Intel.

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