Huawei and Baidu Joining Forces
This year at its annual Artificial Intelligence (AI) developer conference, Baidu Create 2019, Baidu announced a partnership with Huawei. Baidu’s open-source deep learning framework, PaddlePaddle, will support Huawei’s smartphone focused AI chipset, the Kirin series. This is perhaps the first time in the industry when two Chinese cloud AI giants made public announcements regarding chipset-related collaboration.
Targeting high- and mid-tier smartphones, the Kirin series System-on-Chip (SoC), namely Kirin 970 and 980, features its proprietary Neural Processing Unit (NPU). Found on Huawei’s premium and mid-tier phones, such as P30 Pro, Mate 20, and Honor 20, the NPU has built-in support for TensorFlow Lite and Caffe2 models. Now, it will also support PaddlePaddle.
On the other hand, Baidu has been investing in AI for quite some time. At Baidu, PaddlePaddle has been deployed in existing products and services, such as ad Click-Through Rate (CTR) prediction, large-scale image classification, Optical Character Recognition (OCR), search ranking, comput…
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