Tesla has lost another important leader: Jim Keller, the chip design superstar who was responsible for the development of the electric art firm's internal Artificial Intelligence processor.
Keller is a veteran of AMD (amd) and Apple (aapl) after developing the successful Athlon and Ryzen processors for the former and the A4 and A5 chipsets for the latter. Several reports report that he will go to AMD's Nemesis Intel (intc), where he will work with another ex-AMD executive, Raja Koduri.
This is not good news for Elon Musk, who announced just months ago: "Jim is developing specialized AI hardware that we think will be the best in the world."
Keller is the youngest in a number of Tesla executives to leave the troubled society. In March, Vice President of Finance, Susan Repo, and Chief Accountant, Eric Branderiz, both left. In the previous month, it was the global sales and service chief Jon McNeill, Lyft's chief operating officer.
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But automating the driving experience is key to Tesla's vision, and the department has difficulty clinging to its leaders. When Keller joined the company in 2016, he replaced another former Apple employee – Chris Lattner – who lasted half a year. (Lattner's predecessor, Sterling Anderson, entered into litigation with the company after setting up its own self-driving auto-launch Aurora Innovation, which had settled a year ago.)
Intel, now with Keller and Koduri on board, already has Great progress has been made in car-car-chip-space.
So who is Keller's replacement in charge of Tesla's autopilot hardware? Pete Bannon, who worked like Keller for Apple after the iPhone giant bought chip maker PA Semi. Bannon has been back at Tesla for a few years, just like Keller.
A Tesla spokesman told Electrek, who first reported Kellers departure, that Bannon would take over autopilot and "Andrej Karpathy, Tesla's director of AI and autopilot vision, will now take responsibility for all autopilot software."
Bannon and Karpathy have great references, which is good, because they really care about the work. Tesla's autopilot program is under scrutiny after a Model X driver crashed and died near San Francisco last month – the company claimed the driver was to blame for turning on autopilot, even though he was "not perfect." ,