Artificial intelligence is a term that’s bandied around the tech world. Manufacturers want it, consumers crave it, and engineers are engaged in a fierce competition to crack the AI code. Huawei, the world’s largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer, has spent time developing its own vision for AI. The company has spent years integrating machine learning into its Kirin chipsets. The research is paying off as Huawei has announced its first mobile AI chipset, the Kirin 970.
Revealed at IFA 2017 in Berlin, the Kirin 970 chipset pairs an 8-core CPU with a 12-core GPU, all manufactured using an advanced 10nm process. Moreover, Huawei integrated a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU) for intelligent processing. The result is a chipset that performs up to 25x faster and 50x more efficiently than a traditional quad-core Cortex-A73 CPU.
As we look to the future of smartphones, we’re at the threshold of an exciting new era. Mobile AI = On-Device AI + Cloud AI. Huawei is committed to developing smart devices into intelligent devices by building end-to-end capabilities that support coordinated development of chips, devices, and the cloud. The ultimate goal is to provide a significantly better user experience. The Kirin 970 is the first in a series of new advances that will bring powerful AI features to our devices and take them beyond the competition.Richard Yu, CEOHuawei
The concept behind mobile AI is to provide a better processing platform that is able to learn from user input to better predict future actions. Ultimately, mobile AI is the next iteration of performance and efficiency.
If the technology piques your interest, keep an eye on Huawei. Since announcing the Kirin 970, the company teased via Twitter that the chipset will be found in the upcoming Mate 10 smartphone. Huawei is holding an event on October 16 in Munich to announce the Mate 10. Check back in for more coverage of the Mate 10 as the the event draws near.Show Press Release
“As we look to the future of smartphones, we’re at the threshold of an exciting new era,” said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group. “Mobile AI = On-Device AI + Cloud AI. Huawei is committed to developing smart devices into intelligent devices by building end-to-end capabilities that support coordinated development of chips, devices, and the cloud. The ultimate goal is to provide a significantly better user experience. The Kirin 970 is the first in a series of new advances that will bring powerful AI features to our devices and take them beyond the competition.”
After years of development, Cloud AI has seen broad application, but user experience still has room for improvement, including latency, stability, and privacy. Cloud AI and On-Device AI can complement each other. On-Device AI offers strong sensing capabilities, which are the foundation of understanding and assisting people. Sensors produce a large amount of real-time, scenario-specific, and personalized data. Supported by strong chip processing capabilities, devices will become more cognitive of user needs, providing truly personalized and readily accessible services.
Kirin 970 is powered by an 8-core CPU and a new generation 12-core GPU. Built using a 10nm advanced process, the chipset packs 5.5 billion transistors into an area of only one cm². Huawei’s new flagship Kirin 970 is Huawei’s first mobile AI computing platform featuring a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU). Compared to a quad-core Cortex-A73 CPU cluster, the Kirin 970′s new heterogeneous computing architecture delivers up to 25x the performance with 50x greater efficiency. Simply put, the Kirin 970 can perform the same AI computing tasks faster and with far less power. In a benchmark image recognition test, the Kirin 970 processed 2,000 images per minute, which was faster than other chips on the market.
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Huawei’s products and services are available in more than 170 countries, and are used by a third of the world’s population, ranking third in the world in mobile phone shipments in 2015. Fifteen R&D centers have been set up in the United States, Germany, Sweden, Russia, India and China. For more information, visit: consumer.huawei.com/us.