Musk Corrects "Liar" CNBC Journo Over Nvidia Report

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by Tyler Durden
Tuesday, Jun 04, 2024 - 06:23 PM

Another day, another Tesla report to take with a big grain of salt until further notice.

In the latest report from CNBC, citing "emails written by Nvidia senior staff" and "correspondence from Nvidia staffers" that "Musk presented an exaggerated picture of Tesla's procurement" of Nvidia's flagship artificial intelligence chip, the H100, diverting "a sizable shipment of AI processors" from Tesla to X and xAI. 

Update: Further notice has occurred... the salt was wise.

In a Tuesday morning post on X, Musk said: "Tesla had no place to send the Nvidia chips to turn them on, so they would have just sat in a warehouse," adding "The south extension of Giga Texas is almost complete. This will house 50k H100s for FSD training."

Update 2: Putting it more clearly...

Update 3: According to Musk, "Of the roughly $10B in AI-related expenditures I said Tesla would make this year, about half is internal, primarily the Tesla-designed AI inference computer and sensors present in all of our cars, plus Dojo," adding that Nvidia hardware "is about 2/3 of the cost."

Musk estimated that Tesla purchases of Nvidia hardware will be "$3B to $4B this year."

Should we take bets on how many cats Lora has?

As CNBC continues;

By ordering Nvidia to let privately held X jump the line ahead of Tesla, Musk pushed back the automaker's receipt of more than $500 million in graphics processing units, or GPUs, by months, likely adding to delays in setting up the supercomputers Tesla says it needs to develop autonomous vehicles and humanoid robots.

"Elon prioritizing X H100 GPU cluster deployment at X versus Tesla by redirecting 12k of shipped H100 GPUs originally slated for Tesla to X instead," an Nvidia memo from December said. "In exchange, original X orders of 12k H100 slated for Jan and June to be redirected to Tesla."

A more recent Nvidia email, from late April, said Musk's comment on the first-quarter Tesla call "conflicts with bookings" and that his April post on X about $10 billion in AI spending also "conflicts with bookings and FY 2025 forecasts." The email referenced news about Tesla's ongoing, drastic layoffs and warned that headcount reductions could cause further delays with an "H100 project" at Tesla's Texas Gigafactory.

The new information from the emails, read by CNBC, highlights an escalating conflict between Musk and some agitated Tesla shareholders who question whether the billionaire CEO is fulfilling his obligations to Tesla while also running a collection of other companies that require his attention, resources and hefty amounts of capital.

Really? Does it highlight the escalating conflict?