According to CNBC, Tesla, Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) is working with Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) to develop AI chips for Tesla’s self driving vehicles, citing a source familiar with the matter.
A source said that Tesla has received samples of the processor and has begun testing it in the vehicles now.
Tesla isn’t completely going alone in chip development, according to the source, and will build on top of AMD intellectual property, CNBC reported.
On Wednesday, Sanjay Jha, CEO of AMD spin-off, GlobalFoundries, said at company’s conference and mentioned Tesla as one of the companies it was working with fabricators, but did not state that Tesla was a consumer. GlobalFoundries manufacturers these chips and has a wafer supply agreement with AMD until 2020.
Currently, Tesla models use Nvidia processors as part of the autonomous hardware. Prior to using Nvidia, Tesla has used processors from Mobileye, but the two companies broke off after the accident with a Tesla model.
The project is being carried out by Jim Keller, chip architect and head of the autopilot software and hardware of Tesla. Along with Keller is a team of more 50 people working under him.
With a more powerful AI processor chip, this can potentially get Tesla models to boost its range as well as efficiently drive itself.
Tesla and AMD declined to comment on the matter saying they would not respond to any speculations or rumors.