Published: Sat, August 24, 2019
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Huawei launches Ascend 910 chip and computing framework MindSpore

Huawei launches Ascend 910 chip and computing framework MindSpore

"Huawei is desperate to escape its dependence on United States technology", said James Lewis, senior vice-president of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington-based think tank.

Huawei's consumer business group - which includes the smartphones business and is racing to develop an operating system of its own in preparation for the worst case scenario of being stripped of essential Google Android apps - is doing "much better" this year than initially feared, Xu said.

The Chinese telecom company Huawei has been incredibly resilient after receiving a full blast from the American White House in the weeks past, as evidenced by new reports that financial losses have hurt Huawei a lot less than expected. And today we delivered, with the release of Ascend 910 and MindSpore.

The global artificial intelligence industry could benefit from the introduction of Huawei's new AI chip, but perhaps at the expense of rival Nvidia Corporation(NASDAQ: NVDA). In 2018, Huawei's revenue from devices business stood at almost $50 billion. "This also marks a new stage in Huawei's AI strategy", Eric Xu, Rotating Chairman, Huawei, said in a statement.

According to the memo, Huawei, which employs almost 190,000 people around the world, is reforming its operation globally by granting more power to the frontline, cutting out reporting layers and eliminating inefficient posts.

The launch comes nearly a year after Huawei first announced last October plans to release a full suite of AI products including chips, development toolkit, and cloud services.

China's Huawei said Friday that its AI chip, the Ascend 910, is now available for purchase, CNBC reported.

Given that one of its goals is to create an AI "ecosystem", Huawei has high hopes for the Ascend 910.

Huawei's move comes amid pressure it has been facing from the USA government. They are in no one's interests, including USA companies.

"We might be moving toward a bipolar world in digital technology with two walled-off ecosystems: USA and Chinese", wrote commentator Fareed Zakaria earlier this year.

With the launch, Huawei appears to suggest it is business-as-usual amidst ongoing trade tensions between its Chinese government and the US. The chip launch is seen as a counter-attack by Huawei. "But in many other areas, Huawei is still years behind in many key technologies".

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