Huawei today unveiled its Kirin 970 chipset with Artificial Intelligence (AI) integration. The company is calling this the “future of smartphones”. This chipset has a neural processing unit (NPU) embedded inside which has a total of 5.5 million transistors in just one square meter, this was achieved with the help of the 10nm process. The new Kirin 970 is powered by an 8-core CPU and 12-core GPU which will provide 25 times better performance and 50 percent better efficiency than the quad-core Cortex-A73 CPU. Interestingly, Huawei has made the Kirin 970 an open source platform for development.
“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. The ultimate goal is to provide a significantly better user experience. 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,”
Mr. Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group said.
The Kirin 970 processor powered smartphones will be a lot powerful and intelligent than the competition. The company had also previously stated that AI would play a critical role in driving future smartphone innovation. By introducing this chipset the company is trying to overcome the limitations of in cloud AI by utilising on-device AI.
“Sensors produce a large amount of real-time, scenario-specific, and personalised data. Supported by strong chip processing capabilities, devices will become more cognitive of user needs, providing truly personalised and readily accessible services,”
Huawei two years ago had predicted that by the year 2020 it will take out a superphone which will take advantage of advancements in AI, big data, and cloud computing. By looking at what work Huawei has been doing and the launch of such products, we think that the competition of Huawei’s Superphone is much earlier than 2020.