Mobile processor integrates AI

September 04, 2017 // By Julien Happich
At IFA 2017, the CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group Richard Yu revealed the company's vision for the future of artificial intelligence in smartphones, combining the power of the cloud with the speed and responsiveness of native AI processing.

Built using a 10nm advanced process, the company's latest mobile processor Kirin 970 is powered by an 8-core CPU and a new generation 12-core GPU. The 5.5 billion transistor chipset, only one square centimetre, also features a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU), making it Huawei's first mobile AI computing platform.

Compared to a quad-core Cortex-A73 CPU cluster, the Kirin 970's new heterogeneous computing architecture delivers up to 25x the performance with 50x greater efficiency, claims the Chinese company. In a benchmark image recognition test, the Kirin 970 processed 2,000 images per minute, which was faster than other chips on the market, claims Huawei.

"As we look to the future of smartphones, we're at the threshold of an exciting new era," said Yu during his IFA keynote. "Mobile AI = On-Device AI + Cloud AI. 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."

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