Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

Huawei's New Kirin 970 Processor Has Built-In Artificial Intelligence

Huawei Kirin 970 Huawei's Kirin 970 is official: high-power, AI-enabled mobile SoC
Garry Little | 04 September, 2017, 11:14

"Smartphones are smart but they are not intelligent enough", Richard Yu, chief executive of Huawei's Consumer Business Group, said at this year's IFA electronics fair. 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. The Kirin 970 will be an octa-core chipset with 4 of the Cortex-A73 cores running at 2.4GHz and the remaining 4 of the Cortex-A53 cores running at 1.8GHz. The chipset packs 5.5 billion transistors in a single square cm and supports HDR 10 and 4K video recording at 60 frames per second. 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. This shows how the NPU of the Kirin 970 takes better pictures by taking advantage of two image signal processors, for faster processing of image, data, and light information. The 970 chipset's use of AI within the chip compares favourably with the current standard of connecting with the cloud to access AI and results in instant image recognition and better anticipation of users' actions and preferences. Mobile AI = On-Device AI + Cloud AI. 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 Kirin 970 has even an i7 sensor processor, iNSE and TEE security engines and support for Hi-Fi audio.

The China-based Huawei is hoping that the Kirin 970-powered Mate 10 will provide a legitimate challenge to Samsung's Galaxy Note 8, which is already being shipped to customers, and Apple's upcoming iPhone 8, which will be unveiled this month. Simply put, the Kirin 970 can perform the same AI computing tasks faster and with far less power.

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