Tesla working with AMD to develop chip for self-driving car

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AMD shares shot up after CNBC reported that the company is working with Tesla.

A more power-efficient purpose-built chip could help Tesla get closer to delivering totally autonomous driving.

Currently Tesla is looking to kit out all current models of their electric cars with the technical capability to perform an autopilot function, although a software update at some point in the future will be required in order to make the cars actually capable of driving around their passengers without input.

Further, according to a source told the CNBC, Tesla already received back samples of its processors of its first implementation and lately is running tests on it.

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According to tech website WCCFTech, the new AI chip could be AMD's next-generation Navi graphics architecture. GlobalFoundries manufacturers these chips and has a wafer supply agreement with AMD until 2020.

At a GlobalFoundaries conference on Wednesday, the CEO, Sanjay Jha, said that Tesla was an example of a company that is working with fabricators. The company has since responded that "Tesla has not committed to working with us on any autonomous driving technology or product", and Jha's comments were reported to be out of context. The company also stated that they do not comment on customers or potential customers' projects.

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 a year ago. Keller was the man behind iPhone chips' A4 and A5. Since Keller's hiring, Tesla has also brought on other big talents from AMD like director Ganesh Venkataramanan, Bill McGee, a principal hardware engineer, and Dan Bailey, a system circuit design lead.

Tesla is known for its aspirations to vertically integrate its business as much as possible, and its partnership with AMD could be a move toward that goal.

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