Huawei has introduced its next-generation processor for smartphones, the Kirin 970. The company has released the new processor with Mobile AI which is a combination of On-Device AI and Cloud AI which will make smartphones into intelligent devices by building end-to-end capabilities that support coordinated development of chips, devices, and the cloud.
The new chipset features an octa-core CPU with 4×2.4GHz Cortex-A73 and 4×1.8GHz Cortex-A53 cores and a 12-core Mali-G72MP12 GPU. Built on a 10nm process, the SoC contains some 5.5 billion transistors on a single square centimeter. The company claims its ‘new heterogeneous computing architecture delivers up to 25x the performance with 50x greater efficiency’ than your typical quad-core Cortex-A73 CPU cluster helping it outperform other chips on the market in AI tasks. The Kirin 970 can perform the same AI computing tasks faster and with far less power.
As to develop a great AI it needs tens of millions of developers and the experience and feedback of hundreds of millions of users, the company will be positioning the Kirin 970 as an open platform for mobile AI, opening up the chipset to developers and partners who can find new and innovative uses for its processing capabilities.
The chipset will also have dual ISP which promises a better noise reduction in low light and improved photos through automatic tailoring of image parameters to the particular object and scene. 4-Hybrid is Huawei’s moniker for its new autofocus system which includes phase and contrast detection.