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Huawei Unveils 10nm Kirin 970 Chipset with Dedicated NPU & Cat.18 LTE

Huawei Unveils 10nm Kirin 970 Chipset with Dedicated NPU & Cat.18 LTE

And as smartphones and other electronic devices make greater use of artificial intelligence (AI), the digital assistants already pervasive in our lives are set to become more intuitive and play a bigger role in our homes, observers say. At the ongoing IFA 2017, the third largest smartphone maker has unveiled its next-gen mobile processor dubbed Kirin 970 chipset.

The processor is being dubbed as Kirin 970 AI and it will be equipped on Huawei's upcoming Mate 10. The new processor looks to greatly improve the company's future smartphones by allowing native AI processing to be combined with cloud-based AI.

The Kirin 970 chip is powered by an octa-core CPU and the latest generation 12-core GPU.

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

According to Yu, "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". 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. This includes processing all the real-time, personalized data that's generated by a phone's sensors, and in turn fulfilling Huawei's goal of providing a personalized experience. Mobile AI = On-Device AI + Cloud AI. Huawei's next mobile chip will have a dedicated on-board AI processor, and that chip is going to power the Huawei Mate 10 when it debuts next month. "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".

The 970 is designed by Huawei's HiSilicon chip design business and built using the most advanced 10 nanometre production lines of contract manufacturer TSMC.

In a benchmark image recognition test, Yu said a Kirin 970-powered device could recognise 2,005 images in a minute, compared with 487 images by Apple's iPhone 7 Plus and 95 images by Samsung's Galaxy S8 model. Simply put, the Kirin 970 can perform the same AI computing tasks faster and with far less power.

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