Huawei will combine CPU, GPU and AI functions in a chip launching later this year
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Huawei is gearing up to launch an application processor that combines CPU (central processing unit), GPU (graphics processing unit) and AI (artificial intelligence), according to a report from DigiTimes. Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO Richard Yu discussed the plans during the 2017 China Internet Conference in Beijing which started earlier this week.
Yu stated that the new processor would debut in the second half of the year, though he didn’t go into specifics about what the AI component of the chip would allow for (CPU and GPU have been being built into the same SoC since 2010). Yu did mention, however, that Huawei’s EMUI interface supported “deep machine learning and smart computing capability,” said DigiTimes.
Meanwhile, Yu also discussed the upcoming Kirin 970 SoC — the chip expected to power the Huawei Mate 10. Security will seemingly be a core focus of the chip, as Yu revealed that it would support credit transfers among banks (presumably in China only, where Huawei Pay now supports more than 50 banks and public transportation systems in many cities). Yu added that future Huawei chips would also transform your smartphone into a car key for use with brands like “BMW, Benz, Audi and Porsche,” which Huawei has already partnered with.
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Those who’ve followed Huawei in the news may know that Richard Yu has big plans for the company, seeking to become the number one smartphone OEM in the next four or so years and overtake Apple by the end of next year. Speaking to Reuters in November 2016, Yu said: “We are going to take them (Apple) step-by-step, innovation-by-innovation,” adding, “there will be more opportunities. Artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality.”
News of this chip advancement, then, isn’t a complete surprise, but just what Huawei will offer in this sphere that will increase its market share remains to be seen. The Chinese OEM was rumored to be working on a digital assistant like Samsung Bixby and Apple Siri — given this most recent news, I’d say that this is pretty likely to happen.
While Huawei’s AI chip is set to be unveiled this year, there are no clues as to when it would see commercialization. We’ll let you know when we learn more.
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