"Since we do not sell to third parties, there is no direct competition between Huawei and chip vendors", Xu explained.
Huawei will likely lean on its new Ascend series of chips to take on sever-powering duties, as these come with machine learning capabilities, and have been touted as challengers for chipsets from Qualcomm and Nvidia.
Called the Ascend 910 and Ascend 310, the Ascend 910 is created to be deployed in cloud environments and data centers, the Ascend 310 platform are designed for low-power computing like smartphones, smartwatches and other Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
Rotating CEO of Huawei Eric Xu Global, explained that the level of sophistication of artificial intelligence is closely linked to the level of development of the ICT industry. specifically, Research and development and human skills. The company first set out plans two years ago to invest at least USD1 billion on research and development related to data centers. "But if one day we can realize the autonomous network, such jobs of O&M [operations and maintenance] engineers will become redundant". These include public clouds, private clouds, edge computing in all forms, industrial Internet of things devices, and consumer devices, according to him. In the consumer market, HiAI will infuse intelligence into consumer devices, making them smarter than ever. Huawei has not divulged how many of its servers will make use of its own chips.
This will be backed by Huawei's full stack of AI portfolio as the company is able to provide AI application developers with computing power and a strong application development platform.
"The Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA) designed and developed an AI-based "1 + 4 + N" smart city solution, which refers to one centre, four platforms, and additional innovative applications", Huawei said.
Huawei will continue investing heavily in AI technologies and human resources to further develop and prepare itself to be a leader in the industry.
"In the future, we need to promote greater synergy between AI and other technologies, such as cloud, IoT, edge computing, blockchain, big data and databases".
Our portfolio will also include an AI acceleration card, AI server, AI appliance, and many other products. While Huawei already has a presence in the AI chip market with its Kirin series (designed for smartphones), these devices seem geared more towards the enterprise business unit, the ugly duckling of the Huawei family.