Market is ripe with speculations that Tesla is working with AMD to develop its own A.I. chip for self-driving cars hence reducing its dependence on Nvidia, according to some media reports. If the company is successful in developing its own A.I. chip it would get closer to delivering a totally autonomous car.
Currently, Tesla relies on Nvidia’s graphics processing units as part of the Autopilot self-driving hardware. Although GPUs from Nvidia is capable of doing multiple tasks but are not automotive specific, so developing a customised chip for the self-driving cars might be one of the purposes of this ‘collaboration’. Also, reducing dependence on Nvidia can have financial implications for the company.
Earlier, Tesla used chips from Mobileye but post an accident involving a Tesla car the companies ended their collaboration. Tesla has recently roped in Jim Keller, who has briefly worked with AMD and now heads Autopilot hardware and software for Tesla, this has also led to the speculations regarding collaboration between both the companies. However, both the companies are tight-lipped about any such plans.
Semiconductor companies like Qualcomm, Intel, Samsung electronics have become very active in the automotive segment so AMD raising its stakes in the sector does not seem surprising.