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Huawei Set To Launch Its First Commercial AI Chip

Huawei Set To Launch Its First Commercial AI Chip


Following their path to harnessing artificial intelligence, Chinese tech giant Huawei this week is set to launch its first commercial AI chip and a new open-source AI computing framework.

This information was first reported by a noted Chinese news agency, based on the invitation sent by Huawei to their upcoming event. Reportedly, Huawei Rotating Chairman Eric Xu will launch the chip and the framework.

This is not Huawei’s first encounter with AI chips or framework. In November last year, the tech giant had gained accolades for their chip Ascend 310 among more than 400 technology achievements at a conference.

This honour recognises artificial intelligence system-on-chips (SoC) as having the industry’s strongest compute capabilities for edge computing scenarios, with support from the unified and scalable Da Vinci architecture. It had won the World Leading Scientific and Technological Achievement award at Fifth World Internet Conference (WIC).

Yan Lida, Director of the Board at Huawei and President of Huawei Enterprise Business Group had said, “Huawei’s AI strategy is to invest in basic research and talent development; build a full-stack, all-scenario AI portfolio; and foster an open global ecosystem. Every year, Huawei invests 10% to 15% of our sales revenue in R&D, and this year [2018] our R&D investment will exceed CNY100 billion.”

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In October 2018, Huawei officially released a full-stack all-scenario AI solution. ‘Full-stack’ means the solution provides powerful and cost-effective computing power, as well as low-barrier application development platforms that make AI data modelling, model training, and application development simpler, more agile, and more efficient. As an ‘all-scenario’ solution, it is able to drive pervasive intelligence across various device, edge, and cloud scenarios.

Huawei and Audi had also demonstrated the chipset in L4 automatic driving. The vehicle was equipped with Huawei’s Mobile Data Center (MDC) vehicle-mounted computing unit and it was estimated that Huawei’s Ascend 310 chipset consumed only 200 watts of power in L4 automatic driving.

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