The HUAWEI Kirin 970 Deep Dive Tech Report

Huawei is pitching their Kirin 970 SoC ahead of the Huawei Mate 10 launch in Munich on 16 October 2017. This will be their first SoC to include a Neural Processing Unit (NPU). What is an NPU? What other advantages will the new Huawei Kirin 970 bring with it? Let’s take a deep dive into the technical details and find out!

Find out just how fast the Huawei Kirin 970 NPU is at performing AI tasks!


The HUAWEI Kirin 970 Deep Dive

Eric Zhou (Huawei Chipset Product Marketing Director) presented this in-depth “deep dive” presentation.

The new Huawei Kirin 970 is an astonishingly small chip. Fabricated on the latest 10 nm process technology, it packs 5.5 million transistors into a square centimeter of silicon. In addition to the NPU, it packs an octa-core processor, and a 12-core GPU with support for LPDDR4X memory.

The Kirin 970 also boasts a slew of improvements in network capabilities like LTE Cat18 for download speeds of up to 1.2 Gbps, with 4×4 MIMO, 5CC carrier aggregation and 256-QAM. It will also support dual 4G SIMs with VoLTE, albeit only one can be used for data at any one time.

Although Huawei is reticent about what apps will actually use the NPU, since it is not an industry-standard implementation (there are none so far). But they revealed that one feature that would use the NPU, and presumably appear in the Huawei Mate 10, is the AI Noise Reduction feature. They promise that it would increase the voice recognition rate from 80% to 92% even with background car noise.

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Better Motion Capture

In the photography department, the Huawei Kirin 970 improves the camera response time, auto-focus capability and motion detection speed for better motion capture. It also promises improved noise reduction for low light photography. On the audio front, the Kirin 970 will have a full 32-bit @ 384K audio path for high-definition audio capability.

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