Huawei launches two microchips to support new AI strategy

Huawei Takes Aim at AI Sector With Two New Chips

The chips are part of Huawei's new AI portolio, which also includes a chip operator library and development toolkit called Compute Architecture for Neural Networks (CANN); a training and inference network for devices, edges, and cloud called MindSpore; and other application enablements.

"All scenarios means that Huawei is able to deliver pervasive intelligence for a fully connected intelligent world", said Xu.

"Since we do not sell to third parties, there is no direct competition between Huawei and chip vendors", the company's rotating chairman Eric Xu said on Wednesday, according to Reuters, in response to questions about competition from companies such as Qualcomm, AMD and Nvidia.

In the future, HUAWEI CLOUD will keep leveraging its hardware and software advantages to improve cloud service user experience, operations and maintenance (O&M) efficiency and security capabilities. The company's full-stack, all-scenario AI portfolio is created to provide support for both Huawei Cloud EI and HiAI, as well as other services. In 2017, the company released its first AI chip the Kirin 970 and quickly introduced its successor this year the Kirin 980 which doubled the processing power for AI applications. Ascend 310 has been designed for internet-connected devices ranging from smartphones to IoT devices. By then, it says, 86 per cent of companies will be using big data, and AI services will be "as prevalent as the air we breathe".

Xu said Huawei's AI strategy is "to invest in basic research and talent development, build a full-stack, all-scenario AI portfolio, and foster an open global ecosystem". The unified architecture also makes it easy to deploy, migrate, and interconnect AI applications across different scenarios, the company added. The Chinese network giant later made a decision to expand its AI stack to an AI acceleration map, an AI server, an AI device, and other AI products.

But given there's cybersecurity paranoia in the West over the adoption of Chinese technology, especially given the allegations of China sneaking spy chips into the motherboards of a large United States tech supplier, Huawei could be looking at quite an uphill struggle.

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These chips will help greatly accelerate AI adoption in all industries, Huawei said, adding that the company was ready to work with all stakeholders to turn AI into a practical reality, making it inclusive and available for every person, every home and every organisation.

The announcement followed Huawei and Audi signing a memorandum of understanding for developing intelligent connected vehicles together back in July, with the German auto manufacturing company also working with Ericsson on the use of 5G technologies during automotive production and smart factories.

Huawei said it plans to expand the portfolio to "all scenarios, both standalone and cooperative scenarios between cloud, edge, and device".

Huawei has a network business, cloud and consumer devices.

The Shenzhen-based firm revealed details of the Ascend 910 and Ascend 310 chipsets at the Huawei Connect conference held in Shanghai.

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