Designer AMD K8 architecture is going to work for Tesla’s autopilot division

Jan

30

2016

Jim Keller is working as Vice President of Tesla’s Autopilot Hardware Engineering division. Keller is a CPU architect which include the AMD K8-, AMD Zen and Apple’s A4 and A5 architecture worked. Last September he left AMD.

Jim Keller The arrival of Keller to Tesla’s opposite Electrek confirmed by the company. “Jim will bring the best internal and external hardware technologies together to develop the safest and most advanced autopilot system in the world,” says Tesla.

Keller is a prominent CPU architect who worked in the nineties at the K7- and AMD K8 architectures. AMD based his most successful chips, the Athlon 64 models and the first Opterons, the K8 microarchitecture. In 1999 he left and later went to work with PA Semi, which was acquired by Apple where Keller helped develop the A4 and A5 socs.

In 2012 Keller went back to work for AMD as Chief Architect of Microprocessor Cores to develop the Zen architecture. The first processors based on this architecture should appear late this year and AMD hopes again to be able to make a fist in front of Intel.

The chances are slim that Keller will design chips but Tesla Tesla seems to develop its own system for autonomous driving. Tesla uses Nvidia socs for infotainment systems, but they do not seem to Nvidia’s Drive PX 2 system for choosing autonomous driving.

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