Huawei unveils AI-accelerating Kirin 970 SoC

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

The Kirin 970's dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU) was created to do just this.

Huawei said it sees on-device AI and cloud AI complementing one another and spurring the development of new capabilities.

The first smartphone that will showcase the capabilities of the Kirin 970 is Huawei's next flagship smartphone, the Mate 10.

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Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, not only announced the upcoming powerful chip, but that the smartphones are expected to feature 6-inch-plus full-screen displays. The arrival technologies like the Kirin 970, along with various software enhancements, are majorly expanding AI with more use cases.

"Compared with Samsung and Apple, we have advantages", Yu said in an interview to Reuters during the annual IFA trade show. 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. The Kirin 970 10nm chipset is an Octa-core processor with multimedia features like Dual Image Signal Processor (ISP) and 4-Hybrid focus for better camera usage. According to the claims, the Kirin 970's NPU delivers performance that is 25 times more than the CPU's, and efficiency that is 50 times greater. The Kirin 970 that is said to debut along with those two phones is said to be Huawei's best chip.

Chinese smartphone giant Huawei has laid out grand plans to make smartphones more intelligent - revolving around a new processor chipset with artificial intelligence built in.

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As an early example of its apparent power, Huawei demonstrated its new Kirin 970 being used as part of photo recognition software, with Huawei's new NPU-enabled device clocking up 200 photos processed in six seconds. Do you think the Mate 10 or 10 Pro will be your next device? 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.

As each company starts to release bezel-less smartphones of their own, Huawei is the next to unveil their latest flagship called the Mate 10 on the 16 of October in Munich, Germany.

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