IFA 2017: Huawei Unveil Mate 10's Faster Advanced AI Phone Chip

Huawei is positioning its new Kirin 970 as an open platform for mobile AI, with the company letting developers use the neural processing capabilities of its new SoC to see where they can drive the user experience.

No word yet on which devices will be the first to utilize Huawei's Kirin 970 or when they'll arrive. The Kirin 970 processor is built using TSMC's 10nm process and is mentioned to pack 5.5 billion transistors on a single square centimeter.

The processor is being dubbed as Kirin 970 AI and it will be equipped on Huawei's upcoming Mate 10.

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Next to ARM's quad-core Cortex-A73 GPU cluster, Huawei claims its Kirin 970 delivers up to 25x better performance with 50x greater efficiency.

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. Mobile AI = On-Device AI + Cloud AI. The Kirin 970 has a dual image signal processor, which should focus faster and be more responsive. The primary highlight of the processor is that it comes with built-in #Artificial Intelligence for mobile phones, which operates on its own #Neural Processing Unit.

The mobile assistant, called Kirin 970, will systematically respond to three questions - "the most important combination", Yu said: Where is the user?

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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. Instead of the CPU, the NPU carries out all the AI computing tasks and in a better and faster way.

"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", he said.

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