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Huawei launches machine learning microchips to power new AI strategy

October 10, 2018 / Tom Macaulay

Huawei has unveiled an AI strategy and a portfolio of supporting products built on two new microchips, which the telecoms giant claims are the world's first AI IP and chip series designed for a full range of deployment scenarios. The Ascend 310 is designed for the low-power computing needs of smart devices and the Ascend 910 for cloud computing. Huawei's rotating chairman Eric Xu said the Ascend 910 has "greatest computing density in a single chip," but denied that it was designed to provide direct competition for the likes of Qualcomm and Nvidia."As Huawei does not sell chips directly to third-party companies, if you're talking about pure chip-vendors, there is never competition between Huawei and them," Xu explained at the Huawei Connect conference in the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center. "We provide hardware and cloud services so if it's a hardware company or a cloud service company, there is competition here.