Published: Mon, September 04, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Huawei Unveils AI Smartphone Chip

Huawei Unveils AI Smartphone Chip

On Saturday, Huawei's CEO Richard Yu took the stage at IFA in Berlin to introduce their new Kirin 970 system on a chip (SoC).

While this does whet the palette a bit, the firm did not reveal any devices at the event, instead, it appears that the company may be saving the announcement of its Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro smartphones for October 16 in Munich.

Mark Li, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein, said that Huawei's new chip may be better than the chips for the new iPhone range.

Huawei is positioning the new chipset as an open platform for mobile AI which means developers can play with the chipset and create new uses for it.

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The octa-core chip comes with a 12-core GPU, built on a 10nm process which packs 5.5 million transistors in an area of just one square cm. 4-Hybrid is Huawei's moniker for its new autofocus system and includes phase and contrast detection (what are the other 2 though?).

Huawei has announced its next-generation chipset for smartphones, the Kirin 970. Huawei claims that it provides 25x greater performance and 50x greater efficiency compared to the quadcore Cortex-A73 CPU cluster. A phone packing one of these chips would be able to process 2,000 images per minute, more than any other mobile device now in the market.

Huawei will be launching its new flagship phone next month which uses artificial intelligence (AI) powered features such as instant image recognition, to be the front runner of the mobile industry. Supported by strong chip processing capabilities, devices will become more cognitive of user needs, providing personalized and readily accessible services. The ultimate goal, he added, is to provide a significantly better user experience.

In addition to Huawei, Xiaomi is another Chinese company which has chip innovation ability, which has poured more than 1 billion yuan ($0.15billion) into its chip business and launched its own in-house chipset Surge S1 in February.

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