Huawei will offer the chips as AI-enabled modules, servers and cloud services, rather than selling them directly to third parties
Huawei has launched two new microchips to power a portfolio of products that are part of the company’s new AI strategy.
The microchips are the Ascend 310, designed for smart devices, and the Ascend 910, which is for cloud computing, reports Computerworld UK.
The chips and AI strategy were unveiled at the Huawei Connect 2018 conference, which opened at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Centre on Wednesday. The conference will end on Friday, October 12.
The theme for the conference is “Activate Intelligence,” focusing on the challenges, opportunities, innovations, and practices in AI development.
Huawei Rotating Chairman Eric Xu said the Ascend 910 has the "greatest computing density in a single chip," but denied that the chip would provide competition for chip vendors such as Qualcomm and Nvidia.
"As Huawei does not sell chips directly to third-party companies, if you're talking about pure chip-vendors, there is never competition between Huawei and them. We provide hardware and cloud services, so if it's a hardware company or a cloud service company, there is competition,” he said.
Huawei will offer the chips as AI-enabled modules, servers and cloud services, rather than selling them directly to third parties, Xu added.
The rotating chairman further 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.”
Xu also announced Huawei's full-stack portfolio of AI products and cloud services.
"Full stack means that Huawei is able to provide AI application developers with unparalleled computing power and a strong application development platform," he said. "We are working towards making AI more inclusive – making it affordable, effective, and reliable for all. And we have what it takes to make that happen."
In September 2017, Huawei released Huawei Cloud EI, an AI service platform for enterprises and governments. In April 2018, Huawei announced HiAI, its AI engine for smart devices. The company's full-stack, all-scenario AI portfolio is designed to provide support for both Huawei Cloud EI and HiAI, as well as other services.
“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,” Xu said at Huawei Connect 2018.
“By emphasizing AI’s role as a general purpose technology, my goal is to call your attention to how influential and valuable AI is to our future,” he added.