Friday, January 29th 2016

Jim Keller to Lead Autopilot Hardware Team at Tesla Motors

Elon Musk handed over the reins of one of Tesla Motors' most important research and development divisions, autopilot, to chip whiz Jim Keller. Keller joined Tesla Motors as Vice President of Autopilot Hardware Engineering. With Tesla being at the very frontier of automobile development, and self-driving cars being the next big thing for the industry, Keller holds an enviable, albeit challenging position.

Jim Keller led teams that designed some of AMD's most commercially successful processors, before a stint at Apple, where he helped it gain hardware self-reliance with the company's Ax series SoCs; and returning to AMD, and leading the team that designed the company's upcoming "Zen" and K-12 micro-architectures. Tesla cars are currently driven by electronics powered by NVIDIA Tegra SoCs. With NVIDIA's immeasurable investments in deep-learning tech that forms the foundation of self-driving car hardware, and Tesla Motors yet choosing a CPU designer to lead its autopilot division, it's easy to speculate that Musk's company is seeking the same kind of hardware self-reliance that Apple did, as its iOS devices were taking off.
Source: Electrek
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11 Comments on Jim Keller to Lead Autopilot Hardware Team at Tesla Motors

#1
jigar2speed
He Jumped from Samsung as well ? That was fast.
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#2
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Tesla's sucking up everyone.
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#3
john_
Nvidia could lose Tesla Motors in the future and if other car companies, choose to go to much cheaper Qualcomm solutions, this could drive Tegra of the road and to the cliff.
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#4
Vinska
>Keller working on self-driving car stuff

Next Tesla car model name is confirmed to be "Skynet". :cool:
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#5
TheGuruStud
john_
Nvidia could lose Tesla Motors in the future and if other car companies, choose to go to much cheaper Qualcomm solutions, this could drive Tegra of the road and to the cliff.
Nvidia must have given them away and promised faster ones. Tegra hasn't really been any competition to Qualcomm.
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xfia
Vinska
>Keller working on self-driving car stuff

Next Tesla car model name is confirmed to be "Skynet". :cool:
The real Skynet HQ is 10 floors under the ground at Samsung.. but StarkX tries
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#7
remixedcat
The real next CPU war is QC vs nv
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#8
renz496
john_
Nvidia could lose Tesla Motors in the future and if other car companies, choose to go to much cheaper Qualcomm solutions, this could drive Tegra of the road and to the cliff.
unknown to most tegra has been in the automotive since the very beginning nvidia start their effort with the soc. Qualcomm entering the automotive market is like nvidia entering the smartphone market. in fact Qualcomm shows interest in automotive because they saw how nvidia can succeed in that area.
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renz496
TheGuruStud
Nvidia must have given them away and promised faster ones. Tegra hasn't really been any competition to Qualcomm.
in smartphone market it might be like that. but automotive is different. there is no power constraint. nvidia chip were build from the ground up to cater automotive need hence offering more performance.
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#10
peche
Thermaltake fanboy
Vinska
Skynet"
skynet = the end of mankind period...
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#11
xfia
who even wants tegra in a car? here is your monthly drive ready update hahaha
oops we messed up your gas consumption, your turbo is disabled and its possible for someone to take complete control of your car with a smart phone o_O
they are such a joke about updates and drivers... got half the pc master race thinking its good the way they do things.
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