Huawei unveils AI portfolio to drive deployment across industries

Huawei introduces two new chips in its Ascend series within its AI portfolio as part of its AI strategy to drive the technology's development and adoption

11Oct

Chinese tech giant Huawei has released its full stack AI portfolio that comprises of two AI chips, Ascend 910 and Ascend 310, with the aim to drive AI development within the ICT industry. Huawei has stated they plan to "build a fully connected, intelligent world".

The AI portfolio was unveiled at Huawei's annual international ICT industry event in Shanghai. At the event, Huawei deputy chairman Eric Xu revealed that the development is part of the companies AI strategy to "to invest in basic research and talent development, build a full-stack, all-scenario AI portfolio, and foster an open global ecosystem".

The two new chips come after Huawei's Kirin 970, released in 2017, and Kirin 980, which is set to be released this year and will be integrated within its Huawei Mate 20, also set to be released later this year.

The new Ascend series aims to minimize energy consumption, maximize computing power in data centers. "Their unified architecture also makes it easy to deploy, migrate, and interconnect AI applications across different scenarios," Huawei said.

"AI has become a new general-purpose technology and will change all industries and organizations on earth," Huawei said.


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A CNBC report stated that Huawei's AI chips positions them as competitors against Intel, Nvidia, Qualcomm and Samsung. "It's a big switch in strategy for Huawei, which has so far designed and made chips for its own smartphones," CNBC stated.

“Within Huawei, we will continue exploring ways to improve management and efficiency with AI. In the telecom sector, we will adopt SoftCOM AI to make network O&M more efficient. In the consumer market, HiAI will bring true intelligence to our consumer devices, making them smarter than ever," Xu noted.

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