It will also help the Chinese company to mark a debut against the world's top AI and cloud-based companies in the U.S. Huawei is shifting into AI chips business for enterprises and consumer applications. "Our portfolio will also include an AI acceleration card, AI server, AI appliance, and many other products", said Xu.
The cloud services accounted for slightly over 9% of Huawei's revenue in 2017, with a 35% growth year-on-year.
"AI will help us to find more efficient solutions to problems we already know how to fix".
The new Ascend series aims to minimize energy consumption, maximize computing power in data centers. In the consumer market, HiAI will bring true intelligence to our consumer devices, making them smarter than ever. And in April this year, Huawei announced HiAI, its AI engine for smart devices.
The Ascend 310, meanwhile, is aimed at internet-connected devices like smartphones, smartwatches and other gadgets tied to the so-called Internet of Things. Instead, Huawei will exclusively offer them within its own hardware (AI acceleration modules, cards, edge stations, appliances, and mobile data centres) from February next year - and via cloud services.
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Huawei's AI push saw it sign a strategic agreement with Chinese search engine giant Baidu in December previous year to build an open mobile AI ecosystem that covers platforms, technology, internet services, and content ecosystems. "This requires so much labour", said Xu.
The full-stack portfolio also includes tools to accelerate and simplify AI development, including an automated development toolkit and a unified framework for model training.
"Full stack means that Huawei is able to provide AI application developers with unparalleled computing power and a strong application development platform". The demand for data engineers/scientists will increase, he said in a press conference following his speech.
Wang Yanhui, secretary-general of the Mobile China Alliance, said it will not be easy for Huawei to take on Nvidia just by winning in terms of technology parameters.
"Huawei is ready to work with all stakeholders to turn AI into a practical reality, making it inclusive and available for every person, every home, and every organisation", the company said. Huawei already designs AI-capable "Kirin" processors for its own smartphones, shipments of which pulled ahead of Apple for the first time in the second quarter. So as technology evolves, many enterprises will thrive with AI technology.