Huawei officially unveils its AI chip in the UAE

Huawei’s chip offers dedicated processing power for AI

20 September 2017
by Stuff Staff

Huawei’s officially launched its AI-enabled chip, the Kirin 970, at IFA in Berlin earlier this month and we can now confirm that it will also be making its debut in the Middle East after an announcement at a press conference in Dubai today.

The company had previously shared details about the chip at private briefings but has now gone public with the chip’s capabilities.


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. “Huawei is committed to developing smart devices by building end-to-end capabilities that support coordinated development of chips, device, and the cloud.” said Clement Wong, Head of Global Product Marketing for Huawei, at the Dubai event.

The octa-core chip (dubbed the Kirin 970) 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.

Huawei has confirmed that it will unveil the Huawei Mate 10 series with Kirin 970 at an event in Munich next month.



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