Huawei Kirin 970 SoC with AI Features Announced

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Huawei has unveiled their next generation chipset, the Kirin 970. The Kirin 970 will be an octa-core chipset with 4 of the Cortex-A73 cores running at 2.4GHz and the remaining 4 of the Cortex-A53 cores running at 1.8GHz. The GPU used will be a 12-core Mali-G72MP12.

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The chipset is based on the 10nm process and will feature 5.5 billion transistors per square centimeter. The Kirin 970 is based on an all-new “Heterogeneous Computing Architecture” which will provide a 25x boost in performance and 50x better efficiency than any other Cortex-A73 chipset.

The main highlight of the Kirin 970 is its Neural Processing Unit or NPU, which will bring AI features to the chipset and is capable of performing AI tasks better than any other chipsets in the market. To allow developers to make the best use of its AI features, the Kirin 970 will be made available to developers in order to find practical uses for the processor.

Other improvements of the chipset include a dual-ISP that helps in taking better pictures in low-light conditions with reduced noise and auto-tailoring of parameters depending on the scene and object under focus. Huawei is also making use of a new “4-Hybrid autofocus” architecture that includes contrast and phase detection autofocus.

The Kirin 970 will also feature download speed hitting a maximum of 1.2Gbps, thanks to its support of the LTE 4.5G Cat.18.

The Huawei Mate 10 which is slated for release on 16th of October will be the first device to feature the Kirin 970.

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