Huawei unveiled its newest chipset, the Kirin 970, at IFA 2017, while also teasing its next flagship smartphone, the Mate 10. But what's more interesting, is that the CPU will be paired with a new 12-core powerful GPU, as well as a dedicated NPU (Neural Processing Unit), which will be exclusively dedicated to handling AI tasks on the device.
Huawei's new heterogeneous computing architecture is mentioned to deliver up to 25x the performance with 50x greater efficiency. Kirin 970 is capable of processing 2000 images per second, something Huawei says is faster than all of its competitors.
During the launch event of Kirin 970 in Berlin, Germany on Saturday, Yu Chengdong, Huawei's consumer business segment chief, said the mobile AI technology shall be a combination of both the cloud AI and the in-device AI as the latter solves the latency, stability, and privacy issues of cloud AI.
Huawei has previously said that the strength in its AI chip is that it does its processing onboard, not relying on the cloud. Simply put, the Kirin 970 can perform the same AI computing tasks faster and with far less power. It has built-in artificial intelligence to enable the handset powered by the Kirin 970 to provide more smart features. Huawei called the unveiling "a new era in smartphone innovation". This was found in the previous generation processor Kirin 960.
No word yet on which devices will be the first to utilize Huawei's Kirin 970 or when they'll arrive. Mobile AI = On-Device AI + Cloud AI. Supported by strong chip processing capabilities, devices will become more cognitive of user needs, providing personalized and readily accessible services.
According to Yu, the cost of the development of AI for the Kirin 970 has cost the company billions of Chinese yuan over the past five years, resulting in breakthrough technology in the field.
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