By Gift Ndolwane
Johannesburg — HUAWEI has announced its artificial intelligence (AI) strategy and its full-stack, all-scenario AI portfolio.
Eric Xu, Huawei Rotating Chairman, made the announcements at the third annual HUAWEI CONNECT, a global event for the information and communications technology (ICT) industry, which has opened today at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Centre.
Huawei's AI portfolio includes its new Ascend series of AI chips - the world's first AI IP and chip series designed for a full range of scenarios.
The portfolio also includes new products and cloud services that are built on Ascend chip capabilities.
With its full-stack AI portfolio, official said Huawei aims to provide pervasive intelligence to help drive industry development and build a fully connected, intelligent world.
The Ascend 910 and Ascend 310 chips, which were announced at the event, mark Huawei's leading AI capabilities at the chip level - the bottom layer of the stack. It is anticipated these chips will help greatly accelerate AI adoption in all industries.
"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," said Xu said during his keynote.
He said within Huawei, the company would continue exploring ways to improve management and efficiency with AI.
In 2017, Huawei released Huawei Cloud EI, an AI service platform for enterprises and governments. In April this year, Huawei announced HiAI, its AI engine for smart devices.
Huawei predicts that by 2025, the world will see upwards of 40 billion personal smart devices, 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.