Earlier this week, Huawei — the world’s largest vendor of telecoms equipment — introduced its new CPU and server series for handling big data. The release is another move to increase its independence of imports from the US as the trade tension between China and the US is escalating.
According to Huawei, the new Kunpeng 920 CPU has a 7-nanometer process which enhances the processor performance by 25 percent compared to the industry benchmark. The cutting-edge CPU helps to reduce power consumption by up to 30 percent. The company also opened its new series of servers named TaiShan which use the Kunpeng 920.
These new releases target the demand for corporate data centers that use algorithms to process big data to generate customer insights and improve business performance. Huawei’s new big data chip uses the ARM architecture.
In a press release, Huawei representative said that its new Kunpeng 920 CPU and TaiShan servers primarily serve the big data industry, the distributed storage sector, and ARM native applications. As it believes in the development opportunity of the ARM industry, the company is open to collaborating with partners around the world to nurture the ARM ecosystem and expand the computing space to prepare for a more diversified computing era.
Huawei’s new products are among many new releases by Chinese tech companies, following the Chinese government’s push for the leading position of innovative technologies including artificial intelligence, automation, chip design, and next generation of mobile network. With its ambitious “Made in China 2025” plan, China is aiming to transform its manufacturing power, focusing on 10 emerging hi-tech sectors like next-generation IT, clean-energy vehicles, biotech, and robotics.
Huawei, as well as other China-based tech companies like Alibaba or Tencent, have made enormous investments in the hi-tech industries like cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence, automation, etc. They have the support from the Chinese government as well as a giant domestic market to back them. These companies are growing rapidly, being the main competitors of other tech businesses, including some giants from the US.
The US government sees the plan as a threat to its leadership in the tech world in particular and in the world in general. The White House finds China’s state-led plan violating WTO rules and is potentially unfair for foreign investors in China. Amid the trade tension between two superpower nations, Huawei was dragged into the war when Washington said that Huawei’s network equipment posed significant security risks.
Last October, Huawei revealed two AI-enabled microchips, Ascend 910 and Ascend 310, which were claimed to open the door for AI application to enter all walks of life. Earlier last year, Huawei also introduced the Kirin 980 chipset for its mid-to-high-end smartphone handsets. With the continuous releases of chips and processors, Huawei is provings its chipset design capacity and less dependent on foreign suppliers like Nvidia, AMD, and Qualcomm.