Tesla working with AMD on self-driving vehicle chip

"Tesla isn't completely going it alone in chip development, according to the source, and will build on top of AMD intellectual property".

Tesla has an existing relationship with Nvidia, whose GPUs power its Autopilot system, but this new in-house chip reported by CNBC could potentially reduce its reliance on third-party AI processing hardware.

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 previous year.

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AMD shares has risen 4.7% in after hours trading from the news, but it makes me question something even more: will Tesla increase its investment into AMD even more?

Early past year, with promises of self-driving cars in owners' hands well before any competitor, development of the Tesla Autopilot system for the maker's electric cars was proceeding nicely.

The AMD/Tesla news came just one day after Bernstein analyst Max Warburton said Tesla's self-driving technology is "exaggerated" and that there is very little difference between the autonomous driving capabilities of Tesla and German automakers, such as BMW and Volkswagen AG.

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"Overall, we think Nvidia remains the primary workhorse/engine while AMD chips are used for specific applications to avoid giving Nvidia 100% of the (artificial intelligence) content in self-driving vehicles", Steves wrote.

Nvidia shares are down 2.3% premarket. What is happening is that system companies like Google, like Amazon, like Tesla, like Microsoft, are coming directly to foundries.

AMD shares are up 1.89% premarket.

Tesla or AMD have not commented on the rumors. Based on 25 analysts polled by TipRanks in the last 3 months, 15 rate a Buy on Nvidia stock, 7 maintain a Hold, while 3 issue a Sell on the stock.

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