Huawei Introduces Kirin 970 Mobile AI Computing Platform

Huawei's Kirin 970 is official: high-power, AI-enabled mobile SoC

The new chipset features an octa-core CPU with 4x2.4GHz Cortex-A73 and 4x1.8GHz Cortex-A53 cores, and a 12-core Mali-G72MP12 GPU. Huawei says the new chip offers 25x more performance while being 50x more efficient, being able to process 2000 images a minute.

Kirin 970, uses 10nm leading process technology and brings together classic computing, graphics, image and digital signal processing power, which typically required separate chips and took up more spaces.

Huawei has launched the Kirin 970 at IFA 2017 in Berlin, a chip that combines the power of the cloud with the speed and responsiveness of native AI processing, according to the company.

Huawei said it is positioning the Kirin 970 as an open platform for mobile AI, opening up the chipset to developers and partners that it hopes can find new and innovative uses for its neural processing capabilities.

"The NPU can think and actively work to provide you the best user experience, whereas other A.I. assistance like Google Assistant only works reactively", Yu said. But unlike its competitors' virtual assistants, which collect and gather information in the internet cloud, the prowess of Huawei's AI assistant lies in processing data on the smartphone, rather than in the cloud. This was found in the previous generation processor Kirin 960. This has been confirmed by Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Ground at the event. All that's left now is to see just how well Kirin 970 performs when it will be installed on Huawei's upcoming Mate 10 flagship smartphone.

"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", he said. Worth mentioning is that Mate 10 is being marketed as "Huawei's most powerful handset yet", and that it will be launched in October.

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