Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group recently unveiled the company’s latest mobile processing chip, the HiSilicon Kirin 970. The chip seems destined to propel Huawei firmly into the future and is being touted as “bringing AI experiences to life and changing the way we interact with our devices.”
What’s in the Kirin 970?
The Kirin 970 is powered by an 8-core CPU and a new generation 12-core GPU. Built on the same Cortex-A73 @ 2.4GHz / Cortex-A53 @ 1.8GHz big.LITTLE architecture that we’ve seen in the Kirin 960, the 970 offers a slight bump up in speed while offering the new Mali-G72 GPU architecture.
Based on a 10nm advanced fabrication process, the chipset packs 5.5 billion transistors into an area of only one cm². It also is the company’s first mobile AI computing platform featuring a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU).
“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 turning 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,” said Yu.
Will it outperform the competition?
According to Huawei reports, in a benchmark image recognition test, the Kirin 970 processed 2,000 images per minute, which was faster than other chips on the market. Even more surprising is that the chip supports Cat 18 LTE with a theoretical speed of up to 1.2Gbps.
To see exactly how well this chip will perform has to wait until October when Huawei releases the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro.