Huawei takes on Qualcomm, Nvidia with new Ascend-series AI chips

Huawei takes on Qualcomm, Nvidia with new Ascend-series AI chips

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.

"Our full-stack portfolio includes chips, chip enablement, a training and inference framework and application enablement", he said.

The new chip family extends all the way from smart earphones (Ascend-Nano) to data centre (Ascend-Max), via always-on devices (Ascend-Tiny), smartphones (Ascend-Lite); and laptops and edge servers (Ascend-Mini). 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.

Huawei will not sell these chips to third parties, its rotating chairman, Eric Xu, said at the company's annual global partners' conference, Huawei Connect.

In September 2017, the company released Huawei Cloud EI, an AI service platform for enterprises and governments. New services and new products, which happen to be built on-top of a new series of AI chips, known as Ascend. Meanwhile, Huawei's other new introduction, the Ascend 310, is aimed at internet-connected devices such as smartphones and smartwatches.

Huawei announced two new Artificial Intelligence chips called Ascend 910 and Ascend 310.

Huawei's semiconductor arm, Hisilicon, already makes some chips the company uses in its smartphones and telecom equipment, but the servers it now sells to telecom companies and cloud computing clients mostly use Intel chips.

"AI will change jobs and skills in a way that is quite different from previous revolutions", said Xu.

He said Huawei's AI strategy focuses on five main aspects - investing in AI research, building a full-stack of AI portfolio, developing an open ecosystem and talent, strengthening existing AI portfolio, and driving operational efficiency.

"In the telecom sector, we will adopt SoftCom AI to make network O&M more efficient".

Huawei's AI push saw it sign a strategic agreement with Chinese search engine giant Baidu in December previous year to build an open mobile AI ecosystem that covers platforms, technology, internet services, and content ecosystems. In the consumer market, HiAI will bring true intelligence to our consumer devices, making them smarter than ever.

"I think this is a very natural phenomenon in the business", he added.

Related News:



Most liked

Police race BBC news presenters to back-up studio after IT glitch
From about 15:00 BST, the BBC News Channel and BBC World News were unable to broadcast live, relying instead on recorded material. Aagghhh!' Mr Easton wrote on Twitter at 5.20pm alongside a picture taken inside the vehicle.

International Monetary Fund downgrades outlook for U.S., China as result of trade war
USA stimulus also adds to the "already-unsustainable" debt and deficit that will undercut future growth, the report warns. It said that the composition of spending and revenues should be growth friendly and protect the most vulnerable.

Cousins, defense lead Vikings over Eagles 23-21 | Bowling
On first-and-goal at the Vikings 6, linebacker Eric Kendricks stripped running back Jay Ajayi and recovered the fumble at the 5. If the Redskins lose tonight the Eagles will be just a half game out of first place. "We need those guys", Pederson said.

USA and Turkey reach deal to free detained American pastor
Those familiar with the deal told NBC that "it includes a commitment by the U.S.to ease economic pressure on Turkey". However, Vice-President Mike Pence would only say "we remain hopeful" ahead of a scheduled court appearance.

Cyclone weakens; nine dead in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha
The IMD advised total suspension of fishing operations and shifting of coastal hutment dwellers to safe places. The weather system was expected to curve to the northeast and weaken gradually, India's weather bureau said.

Post Malone Reportedly "Kicked Out" Of Hip-Hop Category At Grammys
It's one of the only nights where artists are awarded for making the best (or mainly the most popular) music in the world. Post Malone has reportedly been removed from the Hip-Hop category at this year's Grammy category.

Croatia v England: Gareth Southgate on 'strange' experience at HNK Rijeka Stadium
We've obviously got a different team from the team that played in the semi-final and it's a good challenge for us. Dalic added: "I would agree with Luka though there is always a level of respect between the teams".

Luis Severino was tipping pitches in blowout loss to Red Sox
It comes as no surprise to anyone that Justin Verlander will get the ball in Game 1 and Gerrit Cole will start Game 2. No matter hard you throw, Major League Baseball hitters can time it up, especially if they know it's coming.

Training course for construction mental health launched
According to World Health Organization , half all the mental illnesses begins by age 14 and often goes undetected and untreated. Mental Health Week will climax on October 13 with a 20/20 cricket match at the Police Recreation Grounds from 9 a.m.

Astronauts Make Emergency Landing in Failed Russian Space Launch
Footage from inside the rocket show the two men being shaken at the moment the fault occured, their arms and legs flailing. Russian space agency Roscosmos has released photographs of both astronauts being checked over after their abrupt landing.

Deshaun Watson Injury Keeping Bills-Texans Betting Line Off the Board
He has not yet scored a touchdown. "I should have never gotten traded [from Philadelphia] anyway", McCoy said ( via ESPN ). WIVB-TV in Buffalo reported Tuesday the Eagles have reached out to the Buffalo Bills about a potential trade for McCoy.

Ben Affleck Signs For New Movie With Gavin O'Connor
There's still no release date set for Suicide Squad 2 , but Warner Bros. now has 5th June, 2020 reserved for an unnamed DC movie. Disney quickly dropped Gunn from the planned sequel, though it appears his script may yet be used when a new director is named.

Tanushree Dutta lodges FIR against Nana Patekar and three others in Mumbai
Dutta also added in her complaint that she could not understand the contents of the FIR, as it was written in Marathi. Satpute said Tanushree has been provided police security at the residential building where her home is.

Selena Gomez back in mental health facility
Gomez's 90-day treatment in Tennessee came amid her Revival World Tour, causing her to cancel the remaining concert dates. This comes just weeks after the songstress announced she'd be taking a break from social media .

Brexit: No deal brings risk of stockpiling says watchdog
For customs and VAT, Barnier said, "we propose using the existing customs procedures to avoid doing checks at the transit points". Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May attends a roundtable meeting with business leaders in London, Britain, October 11, 2018.