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Huawei details AI strategy, announces new portfolio built around Artificial Intelligence

Huawei details AI strategy, announces new portfolio built around Artificial Intelligence

Now it wants to take on some of the US' largest technology companies in semiconductors.

The cloud services accounted for slightly over 9% of Huawei's revenue in 2017, with a 35% growth year-on-year.

The new data processing chips - the Ascend 910 and Ascend 310 - will start delivery by the second quarter of 2019, the company said (link in Chinese). In the consumer market, HiAI will bring true intelligence to our consumer devices, making them smarter than ever. Its cloud computing platform will give competition to the homegrown Alibaba, Microsoft Corp and Amazon Web Services. And that there are enough data scientists and subject matter experts to make it all add up to real business value. The company is working to offer a full-stack technological portfolio to support all AI application scenarios.

The challenges facing AI have inspired Huawei's own AI strategy, said Xu, which hinges on five priorities: investing in AI research to develop fundamental capabilities; building a full-stack AI portfolio; developing an open ecosystem and talent; strengthening its existing technology portfolio; and driving operational efficiency within Huawei's own business. In April 2018, Huawei announced HiAI, its AI engine for smart devices.

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Huawei has launched two new microchips to power a portfolio of products that are part of the company's new AI strategy.

Our portfolio will also include an AI acceleration card, AI server, AI appliance, and many other products.

Yesterday, Xu said: "I hope we can all work together to turn AI into a practical reality, making it inclusive and available for all". "It's a big switch in strategy for Huawei, which has so far designed and made chips for its own smartphones", CNBC stated. "Pervasiveness equals diversity", said Xu. "When this platform is in place, AI will become a basic skill of all application developers, even all IT workers".

"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". The demand for data engineers/scientists will increase, he said in a press conference following his speech. Primarily, Huawei's AI portfolio includes its new Ascend series of AI chips which company claims to be the world's first AI IP and chip. But Xu pointed out there is a growing gap between its development and sluggish enterprise adoption - only around 4% of enterprises have invested in or deployed the technology.


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