Huawei new AI chips and AI strategy

Huawei has announced two new chips for artificial intelligence applications.

The Ascend AI IP and chip series, the world’s first AI IP and chip series that natively serves all scenarios, providing optimal TeraOPS per watt. The Ascend series delivers excellent performance per watt in every scenario, whether it’s minimum energy consumption or maximum computing power in data centers. Their unified architecture also makes it easy to deploy, migrate, and interconnect AI applications across different scenarios.

The Ascend 910 and Ascend 310 chips, which were announced at today’s event, mark Huawei’s leading AI capabilities at the chip level – the bottom layer of the stack. These chips will help greatly accelerate AI adoption in all industries.

Apart from the Ascend series of chips, Huawei’s full-stack AI portfolio also includes the following:

CANN (Compute Architecture for Neural Networks): A chip operators library and highly automated operators development toolkit
MindSpore: A unified training and inference framework for device, edge, and cloud (both standalone and cooperative)
Application enablement: Full-pipeline services (ModelArts), hierarchical APIs, and pre-integrated solutions

Huawei’s AI portfolio includes its new Ascend series of AI chips – the world’s first AI IP and chip series designed for a full range of scenarios (see below for more information). The portfolio also includes new products and cloud services that are built on Ascend chip capabilities. With its full-stack AI portfolio, Huawei aims to provide pervasive intelligence to help drive industry development and build a fully connected, intelligent world.

Ten future changes: Driving Huawei’s AI strategy

Huawei predicts that by 2025, the world will see upwards of 40 billion personal smart devices, and 90% of device users will have a smart digital assistant. Data utilization will reach 86% and AI services will be readily available, as prevalent as the air we breathe. According to Huawei, AI has become a new general purpose technology and will change all industries and organizations on earth.

Huawei has defined ten changes that will help pave the way. They include:

1. Faster model training
2. Abundant and affordable computing power
3. AI deployment and user privacy
4. New algorithms
5. AI automation
6. Practical application
7. Real-time, closed-loop system
8. Multi-tech synergy
9. Platform support
10. Talent availability

Huawei’s AI strategy has five areas of focus:

1. Invest in AI research: Develop fundamental capabilities for machine learning in domains like computer vision, natural language processing, and decision/inference, etc. Huawei places special emphasis on machine learning that is:

data and power-efficient (i.e., less data, computing, and power needed)
secure and trusted
automated/autonomous
2. Build a full-stack AI portfolio:

Deliver abundant and affordable computing power
Provide an efficient and easy-to-use AI platform with full-pipeline services
Make the portfolio adaptive to all scenarios, both standalone and cooperative scenarios between cloud, edge, and device
3. Develop an open ecosystem and talent: Collaborate widely with global academia, industries, and partners.

4. Strengthen existing portfolio: Introduce an AI mindset and techniques into existing products and solutions to create greater value and enhance competitive strengths.

5. Drive operational efficiency at Huawei: Apply AI to massive volumes of routine business activities for better efficiency and quality.

Xu envisions that Huawei’s full-stack AI portfolio will speed up AI adoption in all industries to provide pervasive intelligence for a fully connected, intelligent world.

40 thoughts on “Huawei new AI chips and AI strategy”

  1. I would like to see a few ubiquitous AI applications. This way I will know for sure it is real. Maybe AI will never be used in a personal app.

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  2. I would like to see a few ubiquitous AI applications. This way I will know for sure it is real. Maybe AI will never be used in a personal app.

    Reply
  3. All I know is that AI is going to become incredibly annoying in the future. Until the phone GPS understands what I think, when I can’t find the words for, “oh, sh1t, I wanna go here instead”, the most useful button will be the ‘X’ – to shut it off. Just respond to the command, “Maps OFF! STFU.” Dahmn thing telling me to do uturns and shyt. Understand what I think and not the angry expletives that substitute my poor vocabulary! Ya know?

    Reply
  4. Is anyone keeping score? With ZTE, Huawei controls about 60% of 5G IP, and its new cellphone and server chips appear to be the best in the world by some margin. China has 7 of the top 20 chip foundries and there’s enough IP lying around to cobble together stiff competition for most US products. Remember, Xi warned them about this vulnerability in 2013 and they’ve poured billions into reducing it ever since.

    Reply
  5. All I know is that AI is going to become incredibly annoying in the future. Until the phone GPS understands what I think when I can’t find the words for oh” sh1t” I wanna go here instead””” the most useful button will be the ‘X’ – to shut it off. Just respond to the command”” “”””Maps OFF! STFU.”””” Dahmn thing telling me to do uturns and shyt. Understand what I think and not the angry expletives that substitute my poor vocabulary! Ya know?”””

    Reply
  6. Is anyone keeping score? With ZTE Huawei controls about 60{22800fc54956079738b58e74e4dcd846757aa319aad70fcf90c97a58f3119a12} of 5G IP and its new cellphone and server chips appear to be the best in the world by some margin. China has 7 of the top 20 chip foundries and there’s enough IP lying around to cobble together stiff competition for most US products. Remember Xi warned them about this vulnerability in 2013 and they’ve poured billions into reducing it ever since.

    Reply
  7. YEs, they really piled onto the 5G committees (after being somewhat left out of 4G). I don’t know much about their innards yet, but I saw this, which might amuse you: Roger Luo, president of TSMC Nanjing, said that 12 out of the world’s top-50 IC design houses come from China and that China receives 21% global IC design revenue share. Trump is putting America’s most valuable business in jeopardy.

    Reply
  8. Hauwei basically owned the 5G spec design committee in terms of contributions, so by default the best 5G compatibility will belong to them. US and EU did poorly at those meetings. There were also concerns about not making mandatory some of the security provisions of Diameter, making 5G kinda iffy since it will inherit SS7 bugs by cheapskate carriers. The fight’s moved on to 6G it seems. It wasn’t obvious what was the nature of the AI chips though (ARM+something? MIPS+something? AMD EPYC+something?).

    Reply
  9. YEs they really piled onto the 5G committees (after being somewhat left out of 4G). I don’t know much about their innards yet but I saw this which might amuse you:Roger Luo president of TSMC Nanjing said that 12 out of the world’s top-50 IC design houses come from China and that China receives 21{22800fc54956079738b58e74e4dcd846757aa319aad70fcf90c97a58f3119a12} global IC design revenue share.Trump is putting America’s most valuable business in jeopardy.

    Reply
  10. Hauwei basically owned the 5G spec design committee in terms of contributions so by default the best 5G compatibility will belong to them. US and EU did poorly at those meetings. There were also concerns about not making mandatory some of the security provisions of Diameter making 5G kinda iffy since it will inherit SS7 bugs by cheapskate carriers. The fight’s moved on to 6G it seems.It wasn’t obvious what was the nature of the AI chips though (ARM+something? MIPS+something? AMD EPYC+something?).

    Reply
  11. YEs, they really piled onto the 5G committees (after being somewhat left out of 4G). I don’t know much about their innards yet, but I saw this, which might amuse you: Roger Luo, president of TSMC Nanjing, said that 12 out of the world’s top-50 IC design houses come from China and that China receives 21% global IC design revenue share. Trump is putting America’s most valuable business in jeopardy.

    Reply
  12. YEs they really piled onto the 5G committees (after being somewhat left out of 4G). I don’t know much about their innards yet but I saw this which might amuse you:Roger Luo president of TSMC Nanjing said that 12 out of the world’s top-50 IC design houses come from China and that China receives 21{22800fc54956079738b58e74e4dcd846757aa319aad70fcf90c97a58f3119a12} global IC design revenue share.Trump is putting America’s most valuable business in jeopardy.

    Reply
  13. Hauwei basically owned the 5G spec design committee in terms of contributions, so by default the best 5G compatibility will belong to them. US and EU did poorly at those meetings. There were also concerns about not making mandatory some of the security provisions of Diameter, making 5G kinda iffy since it will inherit SS7 bugs by cheapskate carriers. The fight’s moved on to 6G it seems. It wasn’t obvious what was the nature of the AI chips though (ARM+something? MIPS+something? AMD EPYC+something?).

    Reply
  14. Hauwei basically owned the 5G spec design committee in terms of contributions so by default the best 5G compatibility will belong to them. US and EU did poorly at those meetings. There were also concerns about not making mandatory some of the security provisions of Diameter making 5G kinda iffy since it will inherit SS7 bugs by cheapskate carriers. The fight’s moved on to 6G it seems.It wasn’t obvious what was the nature of the AI chips though (ARM+something? MIPS+something? AMD EPYC+something?).

    Reply
  15. All I know is that AI is going to become incredibly annoying in the future. Until the phone GPS understands what I think, when I can’t find the words for, “oh, sh1t, I wanna go here instead”, the most useful button will be the ‘X’ – to shut it off. Just respond to the command, “Maps OFF! STFU.” Dahmn thing telling me to do uturns and shyt. Understand what I think and not the angry expletives that substitute my poor vocabulary! Ya know?

    Reply
  16. All I know is that AI is going to become incredibly annoying in the future. Until the phone GPS understands what I think when I can’t find the words for oh” sh1t” I wanna go here instead””” the most useful button will be the ‘X’ – to shut it off. Just respond to the command”” “”””Maps OFF! STFU.”””” Dahmn thing telling me to do uturns and shyt. Understand what I think and not the angry expletives that substitute my poor vocabulary! Ya know?”””

    Reply
  17. Is anyone keeping score? With ZTE, Huawei controls about 60% of 5G IP, and its new cellphone and server chips appear to be the best in the world by some margin. China has 7 of the top 20 chip foundries and there’s enough IP lying around to cobble together stiff competition for most US products. Remember, Xi warned them about this vulnerability in 2013 and they’ve poured billions into reducing it ever since.

    Reply
  18. Is anyone keeping score? With ZTE Huawei controls about 60{22800fc54956079738b58e74e4dcd846757aa319aad70fcf90c97a58f3119a12} of 5G IP and its new cellphone and server chips appear to be the best in the world by some margin. China has 7 of the top 20 chip foundries and there’s enough IP lying around to cobble together stiff competition for most US products. Remember Xi warned them about this vulnerability in 2013 and they’ve poured billions into reducing it ever since.

    Reply
  19. I would like to see a few ubiquitous AI applications. This way I will know for sure it is real. Maybe AI will never be used in a personal app.

    Reply
  20. I would like to see a few ubiquitous AI applications. This way I will know for sure it is real. Maybe AI will never be used in a personal app.

    Reply
  21. YEs, they really piled onto the 5G committees (after being somewhat left out of 4G). I don’t know much about their innards yet, but I saw this, which might amuse you:

    Roger Luo, president of TSMC Nanjing, said that 12 out of the world’s top-50 IC design houses come from China and that China receives 21% global IC design revenue share.

    Trump is putting America’s most valuable business in jeopardy.

    Reply
  22. Hauwei basically owned the 5G spec design committee in terms of contributions, so by default the best 5G compatibility will belong to them. US and EU did poorly at those meetings. There were also concerns about not making mandatory some of the security provisions of Diameter, making 5G kinda iffy since it will inherit SS7 bugs by cheapskate carriers. The fight’s moved on to 6G it seems.

    It wasn’t obvious what was the nature of the AI chips though (ARM+something? MIPS+something? AMD EPYC+something?).

    Reply
  23. All I know is that AI is going to become incredibly annoying in the future. Until the phone GPS understands what I think, when I can’t find the words for, “oh, sh1t, I wanna go here instead”, the most useful button will be the ‘X’ – to shut it off. Just respond to the command, “Maps OFF! STFU.” Dahmn thing telling me to do uturns and shyt. Understand what I think and not the angry expletives that substitute my poor vocabulary! Ya know?

    Reply
  24. Is anyone keeping score? With ZTE, Huawei controls about 60% of 5G IP, and its new cellphone and server chips appear to be the best in the world by some margin. China has 7 of the top 20 chip foundries and there’s enough IP lying around to cobble together stiff competition for most US products. Remember, Xi warned them about this vulnerability in 2013 and they’ve poured billions into reducing it ever since.

    Reply

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