Huawei has already overtaken Apple to become the world’s second-largest smartphone vendor and now it eyes to take on top chipmakers, Qualcomm and Nvidia, by introducing two new AI chips on its global partner’s conference in China.
The company unveiled two new Artificial Intelligence chips called Ascend 910 and Ascend 310. The Ascend 910 is aimed to be used in Huawei’s own data centers as well as in other companies which Huawei is providing services to, replacing the chips from US competitors.
Whereas, Ascend 310 is intended for internet-connected devices like smartphones, smartwatches, and IoT (Internet of Things) devices.
The chips are capable of machine learning like the chips from its US competitors. Huawei has also introduced cloud computing services which will help devices integrate with different services better. The cloud computing platform will give competition to the home turf competitor Alibaba, Microsoft Corporation, and Amazon Web Services.
“Huawei’s AI strategy is built on top of continued investment in basic technologies and talent training,” Chairman Eric Xu told the Huawei Connect conference in Shanghai.
Although Huawei already manufactures chipsets for its smartphones but uses Intel and Nvidia chips for its servers. However, with the launch of Ascend series chips, it is going to eradicate third-party chipsets from its servers and solely rely on in-house chips.
The Ascend 910 will be available from the second quarter of 2019 and the Ascend 310 is already on shelves.