China's Huawei Threatens US Giants With New AI Chips

Joanna Estrada
October 12, 2018

"There are clear signs that AI will change or disrupt a whole host of industries", Huawei Rotating Chairman Eric Xu said on Wednesday.

Dang Wenshuan, the Chief Strategy Architect at Huawei, thinks the companys foray into the AI chip field is a natural extension of its existing business and will drive further growth. Backed by its AI portfolio, Huawei Cloud EI will be able to deliver a full-stack portfolio for enterprise and government customers.

The company, China's biggest mobile phone maker, will use the chips in its servers, mobile data centres, cloud computing and Internet of Things devices and consumer gadgets. "In the consumer market, HiAI will bring true intelligence to our consumer devices, making them smarter than ever", Xu noted.

It points out that data utilisation will reach 86% and AI services will be readily available, as prevalent as the air we breathe. And that there are enough data scientists and subject matter experts to make it all add up to real business value. The company's full-stack, all-scenario AI portfolio is created to provide support for both Huawei Cloud EI and HiAI, as well as other services. "Their unified architecture also makes it easy to deploy, migrate, and interconnect AI applications across different scenarios", Huawei said.

Xu also announced Huawei's full-stack portfolio of AI products and cloud services.

Huawei has launched two new microchips to power a portfolio of products that are part of the company's new AI strategy.

"Huawei is ready to work with all stakeholders to turn AI into a practical reality, making it inclusive and available for every person, every home, and every organisation", the company said.

The AI chips underpin that strategic thrust and align with Beijing's express intention to build a domestic semiconductor industry that could wean China off foreign imports. "Pervasiveness equals diversity", said Xu. Moving forward, it needs to become a one-stop platform, with AI as a basic skill shared by all app developers. "That means providing intelligent, automated and easy-to-use AI platforms, tools, services, and training and education programmes to foster a huge number of data science engineers", he said. Huawei already designs AI-capable "Kirin" processors for its own smartphones, shipments of which pulled ahead of Apple for the first time in the second quarter. From a tech perspective, more and more issues are emerging as AI technology continues to advance.

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