Back in June at Computex 2021, AMD unveiled that the upcoming Tesla Model S and Model X will be utilizing a custom AMD APU similar to that in the PlayStation 5. This chip would obviously be a part of the infotainment system inside the Tesla cars. And with that kind of power, not only would they be able to breeze through the OS without any hitch, but the infotainment system would also become a high-end gaming system capable of playing titles such as Cyberpunk2077.
Deliveries for Model Y and Model X have not been the smoothest, however. Several delays have caused confusion and anger between customers who’ve been waiting for their Teslas to arrive for months. Even the Model Y has been a victim of the delays. It’s clear that Tesla hasn’t been able to dodge the supply chain issues that came as part of the aftermath of the pandemic. That being said, Tesla has still managed to move some units and start delivering the Model X and Y to customers in October.
On the other hand, things have been even worse in China, specifically for the Model Y. For those unaware, Tesla has a “Gigafactory” near Shanghai, named “Tesla Giga Shanghai” or “Gigafactory 3” where a sizeable chunk of Tesla vehicles are manufactured, notably for the Asian markets. These vehicles come with the prefix “Made-in-China” (MIC). Currently, only the Model 3 and Model Y are being manufactured at this factory out of which most are sold domestically within China, and others are predominantly imports for Europe.
Case in point, Chinese customers who ordered the Model Y last year expecting it to arrive on time were left with a sour taste in their mouths after some deliveries were delayed for nearly a year. After several false promises, Tesla finally started delivering delayed Model Ys yesterday, November 25th, allowing the concerned customers to rejoice for once. But, many customers who got the Performance version of the Model Y were treated to a little surprise pertaining to their infotainment systems.
MIC Tesla Model Y Performance spotted on vehicle transporter in China. Deliveries approaching for customers after nearly 1 year wait.#Tesla #ModelY #GF3 $TSLA @Tesla @elonmusk pic.twitter.com/SyW2wWdW4l
— 42HOW (@42how_) November 25, 2021
AMD Infotainment System
The infotainment system’s settings showed it was powered by an AMD CPU + GPU combo. Likely the same the combo combo found inside the Model S and X. However, the Model Y (Performance) was never supposed to have an AMD system as that was never advertised as a feature. Tesla vehicles have relied on lackluster Intel Atom (MCU 1) processors for ages to power their infotainment systems. Before that, Tesla used NVIDIA‘s Tegra (MCU 2) which was even worse. It was only recently that they updated the Model X and Y’s systems with AMD internals (MCU 3).
BREAKING: China Made Model Y Performance infotainment system has AMD Ryzen processors and AMD GPUs!
— Jay in Shanghai 🇨🇳 (@JayinShanghai) November 25, 2021
So, you can already expect how much of an unexpected but pleasant surprise this was. Perhaps, a compensation for the delays? If this is, in fact, the same AMD chip that was inside the Model S and X then it has 10 teraflops of compute power and offers PS5-like performance. You can already play the Witcher 3, Fortnite, and Cyberpunk 2077 on the Tesla Model S and X on its giant 17″ display.
— Kelvin Yang (@KelvinYang7) November 25, 2021
The infotainment system in those cars is powered by an AMD APU consisting of a Ryzen Zen 1+ (Ryzen 2000) CPU and a Radeon RDNA 2 (RX 6000-series) GPU, Navi 23 to be specific. We don’t know for sure if this is the exact same chip so we can only speculate. Hopefully, AMD or Tesla can come forward in the following days and reveal the exact internals behind the infotainment system inside the MIC Model Y Performance.
Tesla MIC Model Y Performance First Look！
Does AMD Ryzen seem to make the new MIC Model Y Performance look smoother than ever?
What do you think?
— 42HOW (@42how_) November 26, 2021