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The Kirin 970- The First of its Kind from Huawei

M Venkat Naidu
M Venkat Naidu

HUAWEI's vision for the future of artificial intelligence has started with the launch of the Kirin 970. By combining the power of the cloud with the speed and responsiveness of native AI processing, HUAWEI is bringing AI experiences to life and changing the way we interact with our devices.

Kirin 970 Intro

The HI silicon Kirin 970 is powered by an 8-core CPU and a new generation 12-core GPU. Built using a 10nm advanced process, the chipset packs 5.5 billion transistors into an area of only one cm². HUAWEI's new flagship Kirin 970 is HUAWEI's first mobile AI computing platform featuring a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU). 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 same AI computing tasks faster and with far less power. In a benchmark image recognition test, the Kirin 970 processed 2,000 images per minute, which was faster than other chips on the market. Built around four Cortex-A73 and four Cortex-A53 processing cores, a Mali-G72 graphics processor, it dives deep into the competition.

Kirin 970 Specs

HUAWEI is positioning the Kirin 970 as an open platform for mobile AI, opening up the chipset to developers and partners who can find new and innovative uses for its processing capabilities.

It will be interesting to see how the new in-house SOC of HUAWEI will fare up against its competitors with its AI capabilities.

The latest offering from HUAWEI, The Mate 10 pro (View10) is powered by The Kirin 970. The HI silicon Kirin 970 inside the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. It's four high-performance Cortex-A73 cores that can go as high as 2.4GHz and four efficient Cortex-A53 cores that can run at up to 1.8GHz. Graphics on the Huawei Mate 10 Pro are handled by a Mali-G72 GPU with 12 cores.

Do you think it can give a tough competition to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845?