Kirin 970: Huawei’s First Open & Mobile AI Platform

As we look to the future of smartphones, we’re at the threshold of an exciting new era. Mobile AI = On-Device AI + Cloud AI. Huawei is committed to turning smart devices into intelligent devices by building end-to-end capabilities that support coordinated development of chips, devices, and the cloud. The ultimate goal is to provide a significantly better user experience. The Kirin 970 is the first in a series of new advances that will bring powerful AI features to our devices and take them beyond the competition.

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group

Benhard E. Boser 1992

Early in the 20th century, in 1991, an article was released for peer review on IEEE Journal of Solid State Circuits. In the article, Bernhard E. Boser, described neural network capabilities in pattern classification, speech recognition and control.

Boser, 1992

The article and the formula has been part of a reference for several studies on neural network parallel processing.

Hadi Esmaeilzadeh, Adrian Sampson, Michael Ringenburg, Luis Ceze, Dan Grossman, and Doug Burger* University of Washington / Microsoft Research

In June 2012, a team from University of Washington posted a presentation on the challenges to implement neural networks. This is what their system looked like.

Image: DaSi, 2012


At IFA 2017, Huawei Consumer Business Group, unveiled Kirin 970 platform. Kirin 970 is powered by an 8-core CPU, a 12-core GPU and also featured a dedicated neural processing unit. It is built on a 10nm advanced process, packing 5.5 billion transistors in one cm². Huawei has opened the chipset to developers and partners who can find new and innovative uses for its processing capabilities.


Image: Huawei


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