Huawei’s Eric Xu announces AI strategy

Huawei Rotating Chairman Eric Xu today announced the company’s AI strategy, as well as its AI portfolio — targeting telecom operators, smartphone and enterprise markets.
Huawei Rotating Chairman Eric XuHuawei’s AI portfolio includes its new Ascend series of AI chips – the world’s first AI IP and chip series.

The portfolio also includes new products and cloud services that are built on Ascend chip capabilities. Huawei said it aims to provide pervasive intelligence to help drive industry development and build a connected, intelligent world.

Huawei predicts that the world will see 40 billion plus personal smart devices by 2025, and 90 percent of device users will have a smart digital assistant. Data utilization will reach 86 percent and AI services will be readily available.

“Huawei’s AI strategy is to invest in basic research and talent development, build a full-stack, all-scenario AI portfolio, and foster an open global ecosystem,” Eric Xu said at the third annual HUAWEI CONNECT in Shanghai, China.

Huawei will adopt SoftCOM AI to make network O&M more efficient in the telecom sector.

HiAI will bring intelligence to consumer devices in the consumer market.

Huawei EI public cloud services and FusionMind private cloud solutions will provide more computing power for all organizations – especially businesses and governments.

“Our portfolio will also include an AI acceleration card, AI server, AI appliance, and many other products,” Eric Xu said.

Huawei unveiled the Ascend AI IP and chip series, the world’s first AI IP and chip series that natively serves all scenarios, providing optimal TeraOPS per watt. The Ascend series delivers excellent performance per watt in every scenario.

The Ascend 910 and Ascend 310 chips mark Huawei’s AI capabilities at the chip level. These chips will help greatly accelerate AI adoption in all industries.