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Tesla starts sending AI Day invitations with a new chip teaser

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As the Tesla AI day approaches closer (19th August), the automaker has started sending invitations for the event. The RSVP screen for the attendees reads as follows:

Join us in Palo Alto, CA on August 19, 2021 at 5 p.m. PDT. This invite-only event will feature a keynote by Elon, hardware and software demos from Tesla engineers, test rides in Model S Plaid and more. Attendees will be among the first to see our latest developments in supercomputing and neural network training. They’ll also get an inside-look at what’s next for AI at Tesla beyond our vehicle fleet.

If you have received an email invitation for this event, please submit the form below using the same email address to let us know you’d like to attend. Space is limited and we will be confirming the attendee list closer to the event date. If you are chosen to attend AI Day, you will receive an email confirmation with additional event details.

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The interesting bit in this invitation email is a component breakdown render of a complex new chip that Tesla has developed.

According to experts, this new chip is not meant for the in-vehicle Hardware 4.0 supercomputer that Tesla is currently working on. But this chip is specially designed for a large AI/Computer Vision training data center.

Tesla chip teaser sent with the AI Day invitation emails. Credits: Dennis Hong / Twitter.

Dylan Patel from SemiAnalysis.com has done a great component-wise technical analysis of this teaser image in the quest of finding the purpose of this new chip by Tesla.

This chip teaser image was first shared by Dennis Hong, the Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at UCLA. Hong also runs the Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory at the coveted institution.

Hong had posted a few other tweets related to the Tesla AI Day event but they have since been deleted. He must have been collaborating with Tesla on designing this new chip all along.

Back in June, Tesla AI Director Andrej Karpathy revealed some images of Tesla’s current neural net data center supercomputers. He talked in-depth about why Tesla took the vision-based approach for its Full Self-Driving program and answered some more questions about Tesla’s work on artificial intelligence but there is still a lot to be revealed on AI Day.

The data center for Tesla neural net that Karpathy showed is the one that the automaker is currently using and it is estimated to be the fifth largest supercomputer in the world today. The next AI neural network supercomputer that Tesla is working on currently is called Dojo, which will even surpass the abilities of the current supercomputer at the Tesla HQ.

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Dojo, our training supercomputer, will be able to process vast amounts of video training data & efficiently run hypersparce arrays with a vast number of parameters, plenty of memory & ultra-high bandwidth between cores. More on this later.

We are (obviously) also looking for world-class chip designers to join our team, based in both Palo Alto & Austin

Elon Musk via Twitter (Feb 03,2020)

Tesla AI Day will sure be interesting with full of new information about the development progress in Full Self-Driving. Tesla has just rolled out the FSD Beta version 9.1 limited release earlier this month.

Elon Musk and his team might give us an estimated time when the public beta of Tesla FSD might be available — fingers crossed. Let’s watch and listen to the first impressions of the FSD Beta 9.1 beta test driver.

By Iqtidar Ali

Iqtidar has been writing about Tesla, Elon Musk, and EVs for more than 3 years on XAutoWorld.com, many of his articles have been republished on CleanTechnica and InsideEVs, maintains a healthy relationship with the Tesla community across the Social Media sphere. You can reach him on Twitter @IqtidarAlii