Huawei officially unveils its AI chip

Huawei's chip offers dedicated processing power for AI

Huawei's officially launched its AI-enabled chip, the Kirin 970, at IFA. The company had previously shared details about the chip at private briefings but has now gone public with the chip's capabilities.

Onboard processing

Huawei has previously said that the strength in its AI chip is that it does its processing onboard, not relying on the cloud. This means faster processing times, without the need to connect to the cloud to do AI-related functions.

Calling the tech Mobile AI, it combines both On-Device AI as well as Huawei's own Cloud AI. "The ultimate goal is to provide a significantly better user experience," said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's consumer business group in a statement.

The octa-core chip comes with a 12-core GPU, built on a 10nm process which packs 5.5 million transistors in an area of just one square cm. Huawei says the new chip offers 25x more performance while being 50x more efficient, being able to process 2000 images a minute.

Huawei is also apparently planning to license the tech to other companies instead of keeping it just for its own devices. We'll see just where else the chip ends up but what we're most interested in seeing is how it actually performs on Huawei's own flagship devices. The future for smartphone AI just got a lot more interesting.