Huawei launches open platform to support On-Device artificial intelligence
By Victor Magunamu, Kenya
Huawei has launched HiAI 2.0, an open platform designed to facilitate the development of On-Device artificial intelligence (AI).
The latest iteration of the platform provides developers with an open ecosystem that lets them tap into the capabilities of Huawei’s chipsets, devices and cloud via HiAI Foundation, HiAI Engine and HiAI Service.
Speaking at the third Huawei Eco-connect Europe conference, the firm’s Chief Expert of Product Management Department Lu Wenyu said the platform bring with it even greater computing power, richer APIs and better support across a wider range of devices.
‘’It will significantly lower the barrier to entry of AI development, allowing even more developers join in and create exciting new apps for consumers,’’ Wenyu said.
He added that the new platform offers developers greater access to the capabilities of Huawei’s chipsets, devices and cloud. It includes the HiAI Foundation, HiAI Engine and HiAI Service, which work in concert to serve the myriad needs of developers.
It provides developers access to chipset capabilities such as support for multiple frameworks and operators, as well as high computational capabilities. The platform leverages the capabilities of Kirin 980 and its Dual-NPU to realize double image recognition speed compared to its predecessor, or up to 4,500 images per minute.
It also supports a greater number of developer models and operators, creating an environment whereby AI apps can run smoother and deliver a better user experience.
This feature is using face recognition and aesthetic scores provided by AI Engine. Benefit from the improvement of HiAI computing power, enabling AI Engine to complete automatic editing on the mobile phone.
HiAI Service establishes a bridge between users’ needs and services. By connecting the two, developers can push services to consumers in a timely and proactive manner.
To date, there are more than 1,000 partners and 450,000 developers actively working within the Huawei HiAI ecosystem and empowering more than 300 million users with AI capabilities.
Under the HiAI program, Huawei operates 13 R&D centers and 2 Open Labs around the world to collaborate with local developers on app development.
These Labs also perform the role of a springboard for successful developers to launch their projects globally.