Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

Briefing: Huawei presents new AI chips

Briefing: Huawei presents new AI chips

"We will collaborate widely with global academia, industries, and partners".

But the Chinese firm is now pushing into AI chips for enterprise as well as consumer applications.

The cloud services accounted for slightly over 9% of Huawei's revenue in 2017, with a 35% growth year-on-year.

Let's see the how Huawei ascend in the AI chip market. The latter is available immediately, while the former is expected to be launched in the second quarter of 2019.

The Ascend 310, meanwhile, is aimed at internet-connected devices like smartphones, smartwatches and other gadgets tied to the so-called Internet of Things. It has previously released Huawei Cloud EI as a service platform for enterprises and governments and HiAI as an engine for smart devices.

Conversations have taken place with Microsoft, said Xu, but he wouldn't be drawn on the details.

The move is also part of Huawei's broader effort in AI. It predicts that by 2025, there will be at least 40 billion personal smart devices globally and 90 per cent of smart device users will have a digital assistant. Furthermore, data utilization is slated to reach 86% with AI services being readily available. According to Huawei, AI has become a new general goal technology and will change all industries and organisations on Earth. Huawei claims that the chip will be able to process data faster than its competitors and has the ability to train networks within minutes.

AI deployment should be pervasive, yet remain private and secure. In the future, AI will need to be industrial grade and reliable at the point of use.

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At present, AI remains a job carried out by highly skilled experts.

There is also a scarcity of data scientists, data science engineers, and subject matter experts. "There are clear signs that AI will change or disrupt a whole host of industries", said Xu.

"AI will help us to find more efficient solutions to problems we already know how to fix". In the consumer market, HiAI will bring true intelligence to our consumer devices, making them smarter than ever.

The Chinese tech giant's chip arm, Hisilicon, will look to pop home-grown slices of silicon into the servers Huawei now flogs to telecoms and cloud companies, thereby replacing the need to source Intel chips which it usually uses, according to Reuters. Created to build an AI infrastructure covering the end, edge and cloud, the new Atlas includes the terminal-facing Atlas 200 AI accelerator module, the DC-facing Atlas 300 AI accelerator card, the edge-oriented Atlas 500 AI edge station, and the Atlas 800 AI appliance for enterprises.

Huawei will continue investing heavily in AI technologies and human resources to further develop and prepare itself to be a leader in the industry.

Xu added the company would apply AI to massive volumes of routine business activities for better efficiency and quality in order to improve the functionality of its technology.

This may be why Huawei doesn't like the word "transformation", according to Xu. What Huawei has done is not a transformation, he explained, but rather moving forward one step at a time.

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