Huawei Unveils Chips to Boost Cloud Computing at Shanghai Conference

Official says artificial intelligence will change all industries and organisations

Chinese's largest telecommunications gear and mobile phone maker on Wednesday unveiled its latest Ascend series chips, machine-learning capable workhorses that it says can go toe-to-toe with designs from Qualcomm Inc. and Nvidia Corp. Huawei aims Ascend 910 for use in the data centres whereas Ascend 310 is intended for internet-connected devices like smartphones, smartwatches and IoT devices.

"Since we do not sell to third parties, there is no direct competition between Huawei and chip vendors", Xu explained. The Ascend 910 chipset will be available sometime during the summer of 2019.

Huawei Technologies has unveiled two new artificial intelligence (AI) microchips targeted to bring a wider application for AI technologies. The company first set out plans two years ago to invest at least USD1 billion on research and development related to data centers.

"AI will help us to find more efficient solutions to problems we already know how to fix". It has previously released Huawei Cloud EI as a service platform for enterprises and governments and HiAI as an engine for smart devices.

"AI will also change every organization", he said.

Speaking at Huawei Connect 2018 in Shanghai, Xu said that the Ascend series of processors delivered excellent performance per watt, whether it's minimum energy consumption or maximum computing power in data centers.

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"Strategically, we will continue to invest in basic research and talent development, build a full-stack, all-scenario AI portfolio, and foster an open global ecosystem", he said at the opening of the three-day event.

AI is considered the "largest change" for Huawei ever since it patterned its products to cloud technology.

The portfolio also includes: the Compute Architecture for Neural Networks (CANN) - an automated development toolkit; MindSpore, a unified training and inference framework for device, edge, and cloud; and application enablement, including full-pipeline services (ModelArts), hierarchical APIs, and pre-integrated solutions. Huawei has not divulged how many of its servers will make use of its own chips. "Our portfolio will also include an AI acceleration card, AI server, AI appliance, and many other products", Xu further added.

Yesterday, Xu said: "I hope we can all work together to turn AI into a practical reality, making it inclusive and available for all".

Huawei's first AI chip called the Kirin 970 was launched in 2017 and the company followed that up with the Kirin 980 earlier this year.

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