Huawei has now officially unveiled its latest flagship chipset Kirin 970 which was shown off to the audience at IFA 2017 by the CEO Richard Yu. While the processor brings usual affair of upgrades at both CPU and GPU level, it is the native support for artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities which make it different from the rest of the crowd.
The HiSilicon Kirin 970 is the world’s first chipset to feature a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU). It basically handles everything related to neural networking processes and offers much faster performance with a higher efficiency. In terms of numbers, Huawei is claiming up to 25 times faster performance with 50 times higher efficiency when compared with a quad-core Cortex-A73 CPU cluster. It even talked about a benchmark image recognition test where the processor managed to process 2000 images per minute, a significantly higher performance than any other traditional chipset in the market.
Other than AI capabilities, Kirin 970 is built using a 10nm advanced process. It is an octa-core CPU (4 Cortex-A73 cores at 2.4GHz and 4 Cortex-A53 cores at 1.8GHz) with 12-core Mali-G72 MP12 GPU. It also features support for 4x LPDD4 RAM, LTE Cat 18 modem, 4K video recording, HDR10, and UFS 2.1 flash storage interface. There is also a dual camera ISP with motion and face detection capabilities.
During the keynote, Huawei CEO Richard Yu said,
“As we look to the future of smartphones, we’re at the threshold of an exciting new era. Mobile AI = On-Device AI + Cloud AI. HUAWEI is committed to developing smart devices into intelligent devices by building end-to-end capabilities that support coordinated development of chips, devices, and the cloud. The ultimate goal is to provide a significantly better user experience. The Kirin 970 is the first in a series of new advances that will bring powerful AI features to our devices and take them beyond the competition.”
Huawei is also making the Kirin 970 SoC open-source and inviting developers and partners to come up with their own unique and innovative ideas of using AI processing capabilities for a better use. The processor will be making its debut with the Huawei Mate 10 smartphone scheduled to get official on October 16th in Munich, Germany.