Huawei's Kirin 970 SoC paves way for on-device AI capabilities

Huawei's Kirin 970 SoC paves way for on-device AI capabilities

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

On paper, this doesn't sound like much, but Huawei brought some practical examples to help us get a better grasp of what this could mean.

The company claimed that mobile devices powered by the Kirin 970 will be able to "truly know and understand their users", supporting real-time image recognition, voice interaction and intelligent photography easily.

But Yu really wasn't at IFA to drop details about the Mate 10.

"The NPU can think and actively work to provide you the best user experience, whereas other A.I. assistance like Google Assistant only works reactively", Yu said.

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Huawei is taking mobile processing to a whole new level.

As we look to the future of smartphones, we're at the threshold of an exciting new era.

It is unclear when the Kirin 970 will begin shipping but reports suggested forthcoming Huawei flagship devices over the coming months will feature the chipset. To add to this, there's 8-core CPU and 12-core GPU with 5.5 million transistors - all in an area of one square centimeter.

The company says that the Kirin 970 chips will use lower consumption and deliver more faster performance to the users, as compared to today's chipsets used by the world's two of the most powerful phone makers, Apple and Samsung.

Huawei has announced that its next smartphone, the Mate 10, will come with its own Kirin 970 chipset with AI processing capabilities.

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The power consumption of the new chipset will be reduced by 20 per cent than its previous generation and the energy efficiency can be increased by 50 per cent, ifeng.com reported.

Huawei's new chipset Kirin 970 is the world's first smartphone artificial intelligent (AI) computing platform with a dedicated Neural Network Processing Unit (NPU), said Yu Chengdong, CEO Of Huawei Consumer Business Group.

Huawei announced via Twitter that the Kirin 970 will be powering the Mate 10, due to launch on October 16.

But he said whether the chip, optimized for AI using the same TSMC 10-nanometer technology that Apple will use this year, will become popular depends on whether there will be any killer AI app.

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