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AMD is expanding to Tesla Model 3 and Model Y.


One constant theme during AMD’s recent re-emergence in high-performance computing was the message about the scalability of its platform. Building a processor that can scale from single-digit watts to large computer servers with water cooling is not an easy task, but combining several types of processors into one chip to increase only adds layers of difficulty. AMD wanted to point this out at its recent CES presentation, stating that the RDNA2 graphics architecture is extremely scalable, from mobile through laptop to desktop to server, but also to embedded, industrial and automotive. This is the last part I asked the General Manager, Dr. Lisu Su.

Last year, it was announced, and later confirmed through model numbers, that Tesla infotainment systems in the X and S models use AMD’s built-in screen and graphics management platform in those vehicles. Our understanding is that the first versions of this silicone in these vehicles are based on Zen plus Vega, so I asked Dr. Su about what he means by the fact that RDNA2 is in automotive solutions. In addition, I asked about the relationship between AMD and Tesla.

Dr Su confirmed that RDNA2 is always prevalent in the ecosystem, from console to computer, but she also mentioned Samsung [partnership] in the mobile space. She stated that Tesla always moves frames i to [AMD] appreciate what Ryzen and Radeon have chosen in vehicles such as the Model S and Model X. She went on to say that they also started with model 3 and model Y, adopting [AMD] technologies for their infotainment solutions. There were no explicit details about the depth of the relationship or the scope of the agreement between the two, but it seems clear that Tesla’s four main vehicles using AMD are a significant victory for the company.

From an external perspective, it is interesting how, where and which embedded technologies are used in different markets. We hear about so little (AMD plays a big role in gambling machines, for example) because of the nature of those markets and how much they are available to the public. At one stage, AMD introduced me to its Santa Clare showroom that had several of these implementations, even up to the old built-in G-Series silicone, given that silicon needs to be supported for 10-15 years. I wonder if AMD has updated that showroom – I’ll have to visit it again soon.

* AMD clarified that after the interview with Dr. Su Tesla uses the built-in Ryzen + Navi (RDNA2) in the S and X models. They have just started shipping the 3 and Y models (larger vehicles) with the built-in Ryzen.



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