The IFA 2017 witnessed a launch of several new smartphones and other devices. That being said, the Chinese manufacturer, Huawei didn't introduce any new smartphones. It rather unveiled its flagship Kirin 970 chipset which will be present in the Huawei Mate 10 series.
The main highlight of the Kirin 970 SoC is that it is the first mobile computing unit to feature a built-in AI computing neural processing unit (NPU). Well, seems like, Samsung plans on becoming the next manufacturer to make chipsets with dedicated AI cores. As per a report by The Korea Herald, the South Korean tech giant has started working on "several types" of dedicated AI processing chips.
The publication claims to have obtained the information from industry sources. To cite the source, "(Samsung) is in the middle of developing several types of chips that will be capable of processing massive data from AI applications on devices, eliminating the need to communicate with cloud servers".
Those who are not aware, having a dedicating processing unit for data processing has some benefits. For example, instead of getting stored in the cloud, the data used by AI apps can be stored locally. Hence, they can be accessed faster, which results in improving the overall device performance up to 50%.
Even Samsung has officially confirmed that its upcoming Exynos chipsets will feature NPU.
"The existing central processing unit and graphics processing unit chips make it hard to achieve efficiency in AI computing. The NPU will help address the efficiency challenge. However, NPUs so far have storage capacities that are equivalent to a thousandth of a human brain," said one Samsung official while commenting at a forum.