Huawei officially unveils its AI chip

Huawei Calls It 'The Future Of Smartphones

The Kirin 970 is said to be based on the same 10-nanometer technology as Apple's existing A10X Fusion processor and the A11 processor that will power its new iPhone range, set to debut this month.

It's Huawei's first mobile chipset to feature a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU) aimed specifically at handling AI processing chores. To prove that point, Yu showed a pair of motion shots - one captured by a Kirin 970-powered device, the other by Samsung's Galaxy S8 - and the Kirin photo looked much sharper than the S8 image.

In January at the CES trade conference Huawei announced its 8-core Mate 9 flagship smartphone would be the first mobile device to have Amazon's Alexa installed on it, marking another milestone in virtual assistant's move beyond the Amazon Echo speaker.

The Kirin 970 is Huawei's artificial intelligence chipset, and it may be the best chipset out there.

Getting away from this AI tech focus, the Kirin 970 delivers other enhancements compared to its predecessors and competitors.

The announcement was made by Huawei CEO Richard Yu during his keynote presentation at the IFA 2017.

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Mate 10, the smartphone |powered by Kirin 970, which enables stronger image-recognition, will be launched on Oct 16 in Munich, Reuters reported, citing Yu.

By building AI processing capabilities directly into smartphones, Huawei says it can sharpen this process significantly, with up to 25 times the performance, it claims, while also upping efficiency to not affect battery life.

Putting it in simple words, with this new chipset AI tasks would require lesser time and power.

Whether Huawei's chipset performs as per the company's claims will only be known in October, when the Mate 10 series devices launch.

Huawei is one of the most ambitious companies in the smartphone industry and it even publicly stated that its goal is to surpass both Apple and Samsung in order to become the biggest smartphone manufacturer in the world.

Huawei has previously said that the strength in its AI chip is that it does its processing onboard, not relying on the cloud. The Kirin 970 is a successor to Kirin 960 and offers Octa-core solution with 4 A73 cores clocked at 2.4 GHz and 4 A53 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz.

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