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IFA 2017: Huawei Kirin 970 SoC with AI capabilities unveiled

Huawei's Kirin 970 is powered by an NPU for mobile AI capabilities.

  • Published: September 4, 2017 11:12 AM IST
Huawei Kirin 970 SoC launched

At the ongoing IFA 2017 trade show, Huawei unveiled its in-house flagship Kirin 970 SoC. The highlight of the chipset is that it comes with Neural Processing Unit (NPU) for AI capabilities. The Huawei Kirin 970 SoC will debut on the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro smartphones that are scheduled to launch on October 16 in Munich, Germany.

With the Kirin 970 SoC, Huawei is focusing on the mobile AI computing platform. Huawei has also put the Kirin 970 as an open mobile AI platform with its development kit, website and app store available for developers and partners.

Quoted by Android Authority, Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group said, “As we look to the future of smartphones, we’re at the threshold of an exciting new era. Mobile AI = On-Device AI + Cloud AI. Huawei is committed to developing smart devices into intelligent devices by building end-to-end capabilities that support coordinated development of chips, devices, and the cloud. The ultimate goal is to provide a significantly better user experience.”

In terms of specifications, the Kirin 970 is equipped with four Cortex-A73 cores clocked at 2.4GHz and four Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.8GHz, and i7 Sensor Processor. For graphics, the Kirin 970 SoC features Mali-G72 MP12 GPU. Huawei’s the first to use the Mali-G72 GPU from ARM. The company says that this GPU will make the Kirin 970 20 percent faster and 50 percent more efficient than the Kirin 960. ALSO READ: Huawei Mate 10 official teaser reveals Leica-branded dual-camera setup

In terms of connectivity and memory, the Kirin 970 SoC features four LPDDR4 RAM, LTE Car 18 modem, and UFS 2.1. In the media and photography department, the Kirin 970 SoC will support dual camera ISP with face and motion detection, 4K Video with HDR 10 support, and 32bit Hi-Fi Audio. The Kirin 970 SoC has been built on the 10nm fabrication process by TSMC. ALSO READ: Huawei Mate 10 renders leaked, reveals 6.1-inch bezel-less display, dual-camera setup

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  • Published Date: September 4, 2017 11:12 AM IST