Huawei Unveils 10nm Kirin 970 Chipset with Dedicated NPU & Cat.18 LTE

Audrey Hill
September 4, 2017

Chinese phone and chip designer Huawei unveiled its first artificial intelligence (AI) smartphone chipset, the Kirin 970.

The next-gen Kirin 970 is a 10nm design that sports 5.5 billion transistors, rocking an 8-core CPU and 12-core GPU combo.

In practical terms, Yu said a Kirin 970-powered device could recognize 2000 images in a minute.

During the launch event of Kirin 970 in Berlin, Germany on Saturday, Yu Chengdong, Huawei's consumer business segment chief, said the mobile AI technology shall be a combination of both the cloud AI and the in-device AI as the latter solves the latency, stability, and privacy issues of cloud AI.

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Mark Li, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein, said that Huawei's new chip may be better than the chips for the new iPhone range. The firm claims that its processor is capable of delivering 25 times faster performance with 50 times the power efficiency in comparison to Kirin 960. The goal is for Cloud AI and On-Device AI to complement each other. Huawei is also making use of a new "4-Hybrid autofocus" architecture that includes contrast and phase detection autofocus. To prove that point, Yu showed a pair of motion shots - one captured by a Kirin 970-powered device, the other by Samsung's Galaxy S8 - and the Kirin photo looked much sharper than the S8 image.

No word yet on which devices will be the first to utilize Huawei's Kirin 970 or when they'll arrive. Huawei is committed to turning smart devices into intelligent devices by building end-to-end capabilities that support coordinated development of chips, devices, and the cloud. "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", he added.

Heralded the world's third biggest smartphone manufacturer, Huawei have been creating its own mobile chipsets since 2009.

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