Huawei unveils 'Kirin 970' mobile AI computing platform

Delia Watkins
September 4, 2017

At the IFA 2017 event in Berlin this week, phone maker Huawei pulled the wraps off its latest flagship chipset, the Kirin 970.

This means that the Kirin 970 will have artificial intelligence embedded within it, compared to other smartphones that rely on connecting to the cloud to activate their artificial intelligence capabilities.

While the promo video certainly makes it look like something out of a sci-fi movie, the Kirin 970 is not that terrifying; and it is all-around better because it is real.

As speculated, Huawei has launched its much anticipated next Generation mobile processor AKA Kirin 970. Huawei's vision of the future involves the deep integration of AI in every smartphone, and not only on a software level.

We'll find out for certain what the Mate 10 containing that Kirin 970 processor can do when Huawei unveils its new phones October 16. Rather, his focus was on the processor that will power it, the Huawei-built Kirin 970.

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The chipsets consist of 5.5 billion transistors on a single square centimetre area. These on-device tasks will be handled by the NPU and software, which will also work in conjunction with Huawei's Cloud AI to deliver the full experience the company is envisioning, Yu said on stage. "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", said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group.

The Chinese network company says that its new Kirin 970 chip is faster and uses less power than those of Apple and Samsung.

It has support for LTE Category 18 offering download speeds of up to 1.2 Gbps.

A source told the Nikkei Asian Review that the Kirin 970 uses the most advanced 10-nanometer technology from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co, the world's largest contract chipmaker that is also supplying all the core processors for the upcoming iPhones.

"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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