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Huawei's next-gen SoC has a neural processing unit

Huawei's next-gen SoC has a neural processing unit

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

Huawei, during its keynote at IFA (Berlin), officially launched its #Kirin 970 smartphone chipset.

Artificial intelligence is fast becoming a key part of computing, as machine learning algorithms are able to recognize objects and sort through data far faster than any human ever could. "We will enable the first use of AI technology in mobile apps, and provide consumers with a never-before-seen AI experience right in the palm of their hands", declared the chief of Huawei's consumer business group, Richard Yu. With this new feature, Huawei says that instead of relying on AI in the cloud, the embedded chip will have better sending abilities within the device.

The company said it aims to add capabilities to mobile devices to result in a "significantly better" user experience.

The Kirin 970 is said to be based on the same 10-nanometer technology as Apple's existing A10X Fusion processor and the A11 processor that will power its new iPhone range, set to debut this month.

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The chipset features a total of 5.5 billion transistors, and is the first SoC to have a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU).

"Mobile AI = On-Device AI + Cloud AI". Basically the AI processing on smartphones powered by the Kirin 970 will be much faster than other phones.

Huawei has unveiled its newest mobile phone processor, Kirin 970, which will likely be included in its upcoming flagship phone the Mate 10. Rather, his focus was on the processor that will power it, the Huawei-built Kirin 970. The processor is clubbed with a 12-core Mali G72MP12 GPU, making it the first commercially available chip to carry ARM's latest GPU. Both images were shown side-by-side with pictures taken by the Galaxy S8, with Yu later confirming that the Kirin 970 images were taken using the Mate 10.

According to the announcement made by the company, many other future Huawei-branded devices will also sport the same chipset.

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


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