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Tesla build own autonomous car chip with AMD and GlobalFoundries

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Tesla Inc. is rumored to build its own chip to develop autonomous cars. The electric vehicle maker will have its own processor to run its own self-driving car test with the help of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) and GlobalFoundries in the Autopilot Project.

Tinuku Tesla build own autonomous car chip with AMD and GlobalFoundries

The car maker headquartered in San Carlos built its own chip to integrate vertically and reduce its reliance on other companies. But Tesla does not completely do it alone and will take advantage of AMD's intellectual property.

GlobalFoundries CEO Sanjay Jha said on Wednesday that he had worked directly with Tesla. GlobalFoundries is a semiconductor maker and has an agreement with AMD until 2020. Tesla's CEO, Elon Musk, has said autonomous cars will be available to consumers by 2019.

Tesla's project is moving stronger under the leadership of Jim Keller who joined Tesla in early 2016. Previously, Keller worked at AMD and at Apple in 2008 as a chip designer among others iPhone A4 and A5. Keller has more than 50 engineers at Tesla.

Currently Tesla car using Nvidia graphics processing unit and previously using a chip from Mobileye, but the two companies are separated. Earlier this year Intel acquired Mobileye over US$15 billion.


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