Huawei unveils 'Kirin 970' mobile AI computing platform

Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro coming October 16 in Munich with Kirin 970 chip

The Chinese technology giant Huawei has officially unleashed its next generation mobile chip unprecedentedly powered by built-in artificial intelligence (AI) computing capabilities. The processor has been developed by Huawei under their HiSilicon brand. Things like this could potentially lead to a more seamless interface experience, something that Huawei could use to develop smart assistants like Google and Apple.

Huawei has previously said that the strength in its AI chip is that it does its processing onboard, not relying on the cloud. Cloud AI and on-device AI can complement each other. Supported by strong chip processing capabilities, devices will become more cognitive of user needs, providing personalized and readily accessible services.

"The ultimate goal is to provide a significantly better user experience".

In order to make it clear just how powerful Kirin 970 is, Richard Yu who Huawei's CEO stated the following: "The Kirin 970 is faster, better and more secure than anything else available on the market". The Kirin 970 will be an octa-core chipset with 4 of the Cortex-A73 cores running at 2.4GHz and the remaining 4 of the Cortex-A53 cores running at 1.8GHz. Built using a 10nm advanced process, the chipset packs 5.5 million transistors into an area of only one cm².

Yu added that the speed and low power requirement of the Kirin 970 will give its smartphones an edge over the iPhone 8 and the Galaxy Note 8.

Kirin 970 will also offer support for HDR 10 and 4K video recording at 60 fps (frames per second).

Heralded the world's third biggest smartphone manufacturer, Huawei have been creating its own mobile chipsets since 2009. Let us know in the comment section below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

Kirin 970, the latest mobile chip designed by Huawei, features a Neural Processing Unit (NPU) that is able to process AI tasks right on the phones as compared with the commonly seen AI features normally dependent on the cloud.

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