Tesla hired Jim Keller this month (Keller Jim) as vice president of Autopilot hardware engineering. Tesla has confirmed the news, and made the following response: Keller will join Tesla, as vice president of Autopilot hardware engineering. Keller will integrate the most excellent internal and external hardware technology, the development of the world's most secure, most advanced autopilot system."
Tesla hired former AMD chief architect Jim Keller (right) as the vice president of automatic driving hardware engineering.
Keller left the AMD at the end of last year. Prior to 3 years, he has led the team to develop the future of Zen AMD processor architecture. Before joining AMD, he served as a senior post at Apple.
Keller initially worked at the end of the 90's at AMD, when the company is in the CPU market and Intel launched a fierce competition. In the development of Athlon A7 architecture, he played a key role. In addition, he was the chief architect of the K8 AMD architecture.
Keller left AMD in 1999, and returned to AMD in 2012, as the core of the microprocessor core architect". And in this period of time away from AMD, he was involved in the development of apple A5 and A4 processors. From 2010 to 2012, A4 and A5 processors were used for most mobile devices in apple.
In Tesla, Keller is not necessarily focused on the development of autonomous processors. Tesla's Autopilot automatic driving function requires a strong processing power. Keller's experience in the field of hardware engineering, especially on the low power design of the professional will bring value to tesla.
At present, the ARM processor core Tesla car computing systems using nvidia.
Last year, Tesla CEO Elon, Elon Musk) said Tesla is Autopilot team looking "antique" engineer. In October last year after the launch of Autopilot, the loss of some of the important engineering talent Tesla, these engineers joined the UAV manufacturers Skydio, car modification equipment manufacturers Cruise, as well as Google.
Prior to this, more than Apple's former employees have joined Tesla's senior engineering team, including former Mac engineering vice president Doug Field (Field Doug), as well as former alloy engineering director Rich Hurley (Heley Rich). They are currently served as vice president of Tesla engineering and vice president of product.