There’s no denying the fact that Artificial Intelligence is the hottest buzzword in the (mobile) technology industry these days. Just about every new smartphone launched in the market is touted to have (some) AI-capabilities, and OEMs go to great lengths to explain how the technology makes their smartphones (and other products) better. Huawei is no exception.
At the third annual ‘Huawei Connect’, a global event for the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry, the Chinese technology major announced its AI strategy. The company also unveiled a new portfolio of AI-powered ‘Ascend’ series of chips. Apart from hardware, Huawei’s new portfolio also encompasses cloud services built upon the Ascend chips.
Huawei’s AI strategy has multiple key focus areas, including investment in AI research, development of open ecosystem/talent, and driving operational efficiency.
Commenting at the event, Eric Xu, Huawei’s Rotating Chairman, said, “Huawei’s AI strategy is to invest in basic research and talent development, build a full-stack, all-scenario AI portfolio, and foster an open global ecosystem.”
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“Within Huawei, we will continue exploring ways to improve management and efficiency with AI. In the telecom sector, we will adopt SoftCOM AI to make network O&M more efficient. In the consumer market, HiAI will bring true intelligence to our consumer devices, making them smarter than ever. Our Huawei EI public cloud services and FusionMind private cloud solutions will provide abundant and affordable computing power for all organizations – especially businesses and governments – and help them use AI with greater ease. Our portfolio will also include an AI acceleration card, AI server, AI appliance, and many other products,” Xu further added.