While Huawei has its own in-house CPUs and AI chips, the Chinese tech giant is planning to make its own GPUs as well. A new report from MyDrivers said that Huawei is setting up a new department in South Korea, which will be manned by former NVIDIA employees. Tech insiders said that Huawei has been planning this as early as 2012. The development should help Huawei become less dependent on US companies as it continues to face restrictions due to the trade ban.
Don’t get too excited at the idea of future Kirin processors using Huawei’s in-house GPUs: instead, the GPUs will be used for cloud computing and AI. Huawei’s most powerful processor—the Ascend 910 AI—is a server-grade processor capable of 256 TeraFLOPS for half-precision floating-point (FP16) operations and 512 TeraOPS for integer precision calculations (INT8).