Huawei Unveils 10nm Kirin 970 Chipset with Dedicated NPU & Cat.18 LTE

Nettie James
September 4, 2017

Kirin 970, uses 10nm leading process technology and brings together classic computing, graphics, image and digital signal processing power, which typically required separate chips and took up more spaces. Huawei's new flagship Kirin 970 is its first mobile AI computing platform featuring a dedicated neural processing unit (NPU).

Yu confirmed that the Mate 10 will be unveiled on october 16 in Munich, and while the executive did not provide any previews of the smartphone, he teased that the front of the device will be completely bezel-less.

Calling the tech Mobile AI, it combines both On-Device AI as well as Huawei's own Cloud AI.

A source told the Nikkei Asian Review that the Kirin 970 uses the most advanced 10-nanometer technology from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co, the world's largest contract chipmaker that is also supplying all the core processors for the upcoming iPhones. Huawei's vision of the future involves the deep integration of AI in every smartphone, and not only on a software level.

Kirin 970 is powered by an 8-core CPU and a new generation 12-core GPU. This has been confirmed by Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Ground at the event. In addition to that the Kirin 970 features a dual ISP which will help improve the noise reduction.

Huawei has just unveiled its next-gen system-on-a-chip at IFA Berlin, with the new Kirin 970 announcement teasing that the Chinese telco giant has a built-in nerual processing unit.

Kirin 970 will also offer support for HDR 10 and 4K video recording at 60 fps (frames per second). Supported by strong chip processing capabilities, devices will become more cognitive of user needs, providing personalized and readily accessible services.

What do you think of Huawei's new chipset? Huawei claims that it provides 25x greater performance and 50x greater efficiency compared to the quadcore Cortex-A73 CPU cluster.

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