Huawei reveal their first mobile AI computing platform

In a keynote address at the IFA 2017 last week, Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group detailed the company’s future vision of AI with the launch of the Kirin 970.

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Combining the power of the cloud with the speed and responsiveness of native AI processing, Huawei is looking to bring Artificial Intelligence experiences to life, changing the way we interact with our devices.

“As we look to the future of smartphones, we’re at the threshold of an exciting new era,” Yu said. “Mobile AI = On-Device AI + Cloud AI. Huawei is committed to turning 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 

Here’s the Kirin 970′s details broken down:

  • Powered by an 8-core CPU & new generation 12-core GPU.
  • Houses 5.5 billion transistors into an area of only one cm².
  • Huawei’s first AI computing platform to feature a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU). C
  • Delivers up to 25x the performance with 50x greater efficiency, compared to a quad-core Cortex-A73 CPU cluster
  • The Kirin 970 can perform the same AI computing tasks faster and with far less power.
  • The Kirin 970 processed 2,000 images per minute, which was faster than other chips on the market.

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