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All posts tagged "Kirin 970"

  • 6 fascinating smartphone features enabled by AI chips

    The past two months have seen both Apple and Huawei launch smartphones, with each device expected to sell by the millions. But beneath the dual camera trickery, cutting-edge biometrics and "courage", we're also seeing the introduction of silicon devoted to artificial intelligence (AI). The Huawei Mate 10 was first out the gate, its Kirin 970 processor featuring a dedicated "Neural Processing Unit" or NPU to speed things up. Meanwhile, Apple's iPhone X packs a screaming A11 processor, which also touts a "Neural Engine". This "engine" is essentially a dual-core chip housed within the image signal processor. So it's all good that these phones are packing...

  • Watch Huawei Mate 10 live-stream here at 1pm

    We all know that Huawei is planning to launch the Mate 10 in Munich today, the hype train having gone into effect months ago. We're expecting a phablet with a "FullView Display", tiny bezels, 4000mAh battery (or better) and a dual-camera setup on the back, for starters. We're also expecting two variants, in the form of a standard and Pro model -- don't be surprised if a Porsche variant and mid-range Mate 10 Lite are also revealed. Of course, the company has already revealed the Kirin 970 chip which will power the Mate 10. And we've got loads of details regarding the...

  • Huawei working with third party apps for AI chip in Mate 10

    Huawei made quite a big splash at IFA 2017, after announcing its Kirin 970 processor. In a somewhat unexpected move, the company integrated a "Neural Processing Unit" (NPU) on the processor, being a chip designed for AI tasks. Naturally, we had a few questions to ask about the AI capabilities of the NPU, the Kirin 970 in general and the Mate 10. For starters, what kind of real-world user cases would we be seeing as a result? We've seen the image recognition tests, for one, but what else should we expect? What to expect from AI-focused silicon? "The NPU is also integrated into...

  • Kirin 970 revealed: an AI-driven chip to power Mate 10 (and P11?)

    Huawei's Kirin processors have made astounding progress over the years, coming from the quad-core A9 chip seen in the P7 to last year's flagship-level Kirin 960. Now, the company has officially peeled the curtain back on the Kirin 970. In a rather interesting move, Huawei has chosen to add a "Neural Processing Unit" (NPU) onto the chip, enabling more advanced offline/on-device AI tasks. How does it make for better AI? "Compared to a quad-core Cortex-A73 CPU cluster, the Kirin 970's new heterogeneous computing architecture delivers up to 25x the performance with 50x greater efficiency. Simply put, the Kirin 970 can perform the...

  • Kirin 970: have details for Huawei’s next flagship chip leaked?

    Earlier this week, we reported on claims that Huawei's HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor, expected to be used in the Huawei Mate 10 (and probably the P11), had started mass production. Now, a Weibo user (via GSMArena) has posted what could be the specs for Huawei's new flagship chip. So what should you expect? The user's post purportedly reveals that the Kirin 970 will pack an octacore arrangement that's similar to the Kirin 960. So that means four heavy-lifting A73 cores and four lightweight A53 cores -- no next-gen A75 and A55 cores here. But the chip is apparently built on a 10nm process,...

  • Huawei’s Kirin 970 chip, set to power Mate 10, enters ‘mass production’

    Huawei's HiSilicon has made impressive strides with its mobile processors. Last year's Kirin 950 saw the company take a big step up in the CPU stakes, while the Kirin 960 took a similarly large leap in graphics performance. Now, it seems like HiSilicon is going all-in on the Kirin 970 chip. According to My Drivers and a post on Weibo, the new chip has entered mass production, as the Huawei Mate 10's release date looms. My Drivers adds that Huawei is readying up to 40 million chips for production, suggesting that Honor devices and the P11 will be using it as well....