"Since we do not sell to third parties, there is no direct competition between Huawei and chip vendors", the company's rotating chairman Eric Xu said on Wednesday, according to Reuters, in response to questions about competition from companies such as Qualcomm, AMD and Nvidia.
Now it wants to take on some of the US' largest technology companies in semiconductors.
Huawei's new chips form part of its plan to "greatly accelerate AI adoption in all industries" and strengthen the cloud computing business it set up a year ago.
Huawei will also release the Ascend 310 next year, aimed at edge computing devices such as Internet of Things devices and mobile phones. In the consumer market, HiAI will infuse intelligence into consumer devices, making them smarter than ever.
Xu added the company would apply AI to massive volumes of routine business activities for better efficiency and quality in order to improve the functionality of its technology. In April this year, the company launched HiAI, its AI engine for smart devices.
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Huawei said it plans to expand the portfolio to "all scenarios, both standalone and cooperative scenarios between cloud, edge, and device". Created to build an AI infrastructure covering the end, edge and cloud, the new Atlas includes the terminal-facing Atlas 200 AI accelerator module, the DC-facing Atlas 300 AI accelerator card, the edge-oriented Atlas 500 AI edge station, and the Atlas 800 AI appliance for enterprises.
Yesterday, Xu said: "I hope we can all work together to turn AI into a practical reality, making it inclusive and available for all". "Pervasiveness equals diversity", said Xu. When this platform is in place, AI will become a basic skill shared by all application developers, he said.
The centre is Huawei's "city brain" Intelligent Operations Centre (IOC), which aggregates and processes data collected from the government, businesses, and citizens through IoT applications and internet access. "That means providing intelligent, automated and easy-to-use AI platforms, tools, services, and training and education programmes to foster a huge number of data science engineers", he said.
Into this connected world, Huawei is bringing a complete stack of AI products and services, with the base layer being its new Ascend family of chips, which Xu claimed constitutes the world's first dedicated "all-scenario" AI chipset. So as technology evolves, many enterprises will thrive with AI technology.