Mobile Processor That Supports Artificial Intelligence
The Chinese technology Huawei, the third largest mobile manufacturer in the world, today presented the Kirin processor 970, the first for phones capable of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the “smartphone”. The CEO of Huawei, Richard Yu, revealed this progress in a presentation at the IFA in Berlin, one of the largest consumer technology fairs in the world, in which the processor is mounted to the next flagship of the company, the Mate 10, which will be presented on 16 October in Munich (southern Germany).The objective of the Kirin 970 is to achieve “offer the experience of intelligence in the device,” said Yu.Its main novelty is that it incorporates, in addition to a Central Processing Unit (CPU) of eight cores and a Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) 12-core, a “neural Processing Unit (NPU)”, which enables the IA, something without equivalent between their rivals in the mobile sector.This has been possible, explained Yu, thanks to a strong work of miniaturization in the manufacturing process. Thus, the Kirin 970 has been developed with process technologies of 10 nanometers (nm), like other state-of-the-art submitted this year, which has allowed, in a smaller size to that of its predecessor (Kirin 960), 5,500 million transistors in place of 4,000 million.With more transistors – that determine the speed of processing- and in less space – because the architecture is more compact- the processor can work faster, using less battery and warmed himself less. According to Yu, the Kirin 970 is able to work five times faster than the processor of the iPhone 7 Plus, the latest model of Apple. In this capacity, the new processor of Huawei is, according to the Chinese technology, the first one with the ability to assume the processing needs of the AI in the device itself (without having to resort to intelligence in the cloud to which request responses).Yu stressed that, in addition to speed and performance, the Kirin 970 offers a qualitative level of security since the operations of IA is made in the own mobile device, with which the private data do not have to travel through the network, with the risk of being intercepted. The new processor will be “faster”, will offer a “lower” and would be “safer,” summarized the CEO of Huawei.This will enable the phones to convert a real-time image of the camera in a painted canvas, to translate simultaneously or to understand that you want to photograph and to adapt the settings automatically before you press the shutter buttonThe processor responds systematically to three questions, “the most important,” according to Yu: where is the user?, who is it? And, what are you doing?”. “Instead of asking his assistant vocal in Berlin, your phone you already know that you’re in Berlin to work, in the direction of a meeting and if you are outside or in the car,” explains to the AFP Walter Ji, chairman of Huawei to western Europe,the IFA is one of the most important technology events in the world, together with the CES in Las Vegas (USA). ) And at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (Spain), and last year generated in just six days a turnover of 4,500 million euros, according to estimates of the Organization.