Published: Thu, April 26, 2018
IT&Software | By Alfonso Woods

Tesla Autopilot chief leaves to join Intel

Tesla Autopilot chief leaves to join Intel

In a statement to TechCrunch, Tesla said it appreciates "his contributions to Tesla and wish the best", a spokesperson said.

The team running Autopilot - Tesla's assisted-driving system - has experienced turnover amid a fierce war for the engineering talent needed to develop autonomous vehicles. "I am excited to join the Intel team to build the future of CPUs, GPUs, accelerators and other products for the data-centric computing era".

Tesla has lost another key executive: Jim Keller, the chip-design superstar who was in charge of developing the electric vehicle company's in-house artificial intelligence processor.

Jim Keller's last day with the company was this week, reports Electrek.

Jim's move to Intel is likely to raise a few eyebrows, as he was instrumental in developing the AMD processor that became the first major challenge to Intel's dominance in the microprocessor space. Lattner's predecessor was Sterling Anderson, who left Tesla to co-found Aurora Innovation, a rival self-driving startup, in December 2016.

Tesla (tsla) is having issues with making its Model 3 sedan-earlier this month it paused production for the second time, apparently because of an over-reliance on robots.

The NTSB has three pending tests into Tesla crashes.

Tesla has been defending its Autopilot system after a fatal crash of its Model X on a California highway last month. Federal agencies are investigating that incident. He led Apple's custom low-power mobile chip efforts with the original A4 processor that powered the iPhone 4*, as well as the subsequent A5 processor. So we have Keller making a processor that had a higher frequency than Intel to beat them, left to join AMD when they made Ryzen which hurt Intel in the multi-threaded race on the consumer side of things, and now back to Intel.

Intel's announcement of the hiring of Keller also includes a mention of a new title for Dr. Venkata "Murthy" Renduchintala.

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