Huawei announces Kirin 970 chipset with on-device AI capabilities

Huawei announces Kirin 970 chipset with on-device AI capabilities

We'll find out for certain what the Mate 10 containing that Kirin 970 processor can do when Huawei unveils its new phones October 16. The company also confirmed the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro to come powered by the Kirin 970 chipset.

Artificial intelligence is a term that's bandied around the tech world. 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.

At the IFA 2017 event in Berlin this week, phone maker Huawei pulled the wraps off its latest flagship chipset, the Kirin 970.

Wu believes the new Kirin 970 chip's speed and low power can translate into features that will give its phones an edge over the Apple iPhone 8 series, set to be unveiled on September 12, and Samsung's range of top-line phones announced this year. The company's CEO Richard Yu took the stage at IFA in Berlin to announce that Huawei's latest chipset will bet heavily on deep learning and AI to deliver a vastly improved user experience in upcoming mobile devices. "This is the latest technology and it is the first chip to have a neural processing unit inside, which is 20 times faster than a central processing unit", said Richard Yu, chief of Huawei's consumer business group, at the IFA consumer electronics trade show in Berlin on September 2. Mobile AI = On-Device AI + Cloud AI.

After years of development, Cloud AI has seen broad application, but user experience still has room for improvement in areas such as latency, stability, and privacy. Sensors produce a large amount of real-time, scenario-specific, and personalized data.

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.

However it works, the Kirin 970's 8-core CPU and 12-core GPU claims "up to 25x the performance with 50x greater efficiency" than a quad-core Cortex-A73 processor alone. 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.

Huawei's products and services are available in more than 170 countries, and are used by a third of the world's population, ranking third in the world in mobile phone shipments in 2015.