Huawei, the largest electronics company in China, announced the launch of its first mobile computing platform at IFA 2017 on September 2nd, 2017. By integrating the responsiveness and speed of native AI processingwith the power of the cloud, Huawei hopes the mobile assistant will rival the dominance of Apple’s Siri and Samsung’s Bixby.
“Although Cloud AI has witnessed broad application after decades of development, user experience needs improving because of the stability, latency and privacy,” said Richard Yu, who is the chief executive of the Consumer Business Group of Huawei.
With the believe that the future mobile AI should be an integration of on-device AI and cloud AI, Huawei is dedicated to developing intelligent devices that support the development of devices, chips and the cloud. The Kirin 970 piece is Huawei’s latest attempt to beneift from powerful AI technologies in its mobile devices for significantly improving user experience.
Powered by an octa-core CPU and an updated 12-core GPU, Kirin 970 is built utilizing a 10nm advanced process with 5.5 billion transistors per cm². As Huawei’s first mobile AI computing platform, the new flagship features a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU). Meanwhile, the heterogeneous computing architecture of the Kirin 970 is able to deliver maximum 25x the performance with 50x greater efficiency, making it much faster than a quad-core Cortex-A73 CPU clusters used in Kirin 960.
Huawei has been clearly aware of the importance of developers, the experience and feedback of users to new developments in AI, it positions the Kirin 970 as an open platform for mobile AI with chipset opened up to all partners and developers so that they can contribute as many new and innovative uses as possible for the processing capabilities.
Developing the next-generation virtual assistants has been priority of investment for today’s internet giants. They believe that virtual assistants can do better job than even personal assistants in understanding users and participate needs.
As with the rapidly growing use of electronic devices like smartphones worldwide, the digital assistant is becoming the most pervasive element in our lives and is set to be more intuitive and come with more functions in our homes.
Different from the virtual assistants from competitors that collect and gather data in the internet cloud, Huawei’s AI assistant does that depending on processing data on the smartphones instead of in the cloud.
Unfortunately, more details about what type of smartphones will be the first to make use of the Kirin 970 chip and how much they are going to be priced at still remain a secrecy for Richard Yu.