Tesla Hires Apple A Series Creator To Make Self-Driving Cars

Posted: Feb 1 2016, 1:22pm CST | by , Updated: Feb 1 2016, 7:29pm CST, in News | Cars & Vehicles

Tesla Hires Apple A Series Creator to Make Self-Driving Cars
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CPU geek Jim Keller is now a part of Tesla's Self-drive technology team.

Electrek has been informed about the recent hiring of CPU mastermind Jim Keller by Tesla, as the head of the team responsible for developing the autopilot technology for automobiles. Tesla informed Electrek through the following statement:

"Jim Keller is joining Tesla as Vice President of Autopilot Hardware Engineering. Jim will bring together the best internal and external hardware technologies to develop the safest, most advanced autopilot systems in the world."

Jim first began working with AMD and played an essential role in the development of Athlon K7 and K8 architecture. Keller has also been well known for his contributions to Apple as the Director in the platform architecture group, where he was responsible for the development of the famous A4 and A5 processor chips. These chips were used in various apple products manufactured between 2010-2012 that included iPods, iPads, iPhones and Apple Televisions.

After taking his leave from Apple, Keller rejoined AMD where he worked under Mark Papermaster, who stated the following about his co-worker Mr Keller:

"He has contributed to processing innovations that have delivered tremendous compute advances for millions of people all over the world, and we expect that his innovative spirit, low-power design expertise, creativity and drive for success will help us shape our future and fuel our growth."

At AMD, Keller worked on the forthcoming Zen processor architecture which is speculated to be a competition for intel. Keller left AMD in last September unexpectedly but it is suspected that the he had completed the Zen project before leaving AMD.

After his departure from AMD there were plenty of speculations regarding his future endeavors which were put to rest by the news of his hiring at Tesla.

At present Tesla uses Nvidia ARM CPUs. However, following the use of this system the company lost many of its Autopilot engineers to other companies including Google and Drone maker Skydio.

This led to the CEO of Tesla Elon Musk's statement from the previous year in which he said that the automobile manufacturing company was searching for a "Hardcore" engineer to help with its Autopilot project.

Keller's appointment as the Head of the Automobile team is undoubtedly a wise decision, considering the company's need for top notch engineers and high processing power for their Autopilot project.

Keller's experience with hardware engineering and his magic touch when it comes to low-power designs, definitely sounds like good news for Tesla as it may lead to transfer of useful skills for the company. Keller's input on the Autopilot project is expected to result in self-drive technology being widely used as a standard feature.

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