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Huawei to sell servers with its own chips in cloud computing push

Huawei to sell servers with its own chips in cloud computing push Huawei to sell servers with its own chips in cloud computing push
Sherri Watson | 12 October, 2018, 11:12

"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 during his keynote.

Now it wants to take on some of the US' largest technology companies in semiconductors.

The Chinese tech giant's chip arm, Hisilicon, will look to pop home-grown slices of silicon into the servers Huawei now flogs to telecoms and cloud companies, thereby replacing the need to source Intel chips which it usually uses, according to Reuters.

Huawei's AI portfolio includes its AI chips, Ascend 310 and Ascend 910, and Compute Architecture for Neural Networks, which is an automated development toolkit.

Huawei said it will not sell these chipsets separately to customers, but its efforts would still pit it against big USA vendors such as Qualcomm, AMD and Nvidia. And that there are enough data scientists and subject matter experts to make it all add up to real business value.

It's a full-stack, all-scenario AI portfolio according to Huawei.

The company will use a mix of its chips and those from other vendors in its servers to cater to various price points, said Qiu Heng, marketing president for Huawei's enterprise business.

Xu went on to launch Huawei's full-stack "all-scenario" AI portfolio.

Xu also announced Huawei's full-stack portfolio of AI products and cloud services.

"Huawei is ready to work with all stakeholders to turn AI into a practical reality, making it inclusive and available for every person, every home, and every organisation", the company said. It's a big switch in strategy for Huawei, which has so far designed and made chips for its own smartphones. At the most fundamental level, it will require a massive growth of computer processing power, which he said urgently needs to become more abundant and affordable. The demand for data engineers/scientists will increase, he said in a press conference following his speech. Huawei already designs AI-capable "Kirin" processors for its own smartphones, shipments of which pulled ahead of Apple for the first time in the second quarter.

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. From a tech perspective, more and more issues are emerging as AI technology continues to advance.