Category: HiSilicon

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Huawei Mate 20, Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Huawei Mate 20 X

Posted by Charbax – October 18, 2018

Huawei Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro and Mate 20 X is the fastest phone in the world, with a 7nm Kirin 980 quad ARM Cortex-A76, quad ARM Cortex-A55, Mali-G76MP10 GPU, with Dual-NPU AI acceleration that has 6.9 Billion transistors on the SoC package. It comes with world's first 1.4Gbit/s Cat.21 LTE Modem, supports 2133Mhz LPDDR4X. Huawei claims to be about 50% faster at loading apps compared with the latest iPhone and Galaxy Note 9, run 38% longer on its 4200mAh battery, enables 140% faster quick charge with its 40W charger, it takes only 30min to charge up 70% of the battery and has 70% faster wireless charging. Up to 120% better antenna performance compared with the new iPhone Xs Max, with its dual-frequency GPS receiver, it can have a 10x better GPS positioning accuracy. Huawei PC Mode now also works by its usual USB Type-C Displayport functionality but it also works wirelessly sending the PC Mode display over to any Miracast receiver they also provide a Huawei wireless dongle. Huawei Mate 20 X is a very large 7.2" OLED smartphone with 5000mAh battery, world's first vapor chamber and grephene film based cooling technology enabling higher performance when doing processor intensive tasks for long periods of time such as for gaming.

Huawei HiVision estimates calories in Food on Huawei Mate 20

Posted by Charbax – October 17, 2018

HiVision gives information about food, it can give an estimate on food calories by its volume to assist in having a healthy lifestyle. It can recognize landmarks, famous paintings and objects which can then be purchased directly in Huawei's Smart Shopping feature that can recognize things and launch the purchase procedure directly based on the image or based on the camera. The Huawei Mate 20 comes with not only the world's most powerful Arm processor in Kirin 980 built on 7nm, with quad ARM Cortex-A76 and quad ARM Cortex-A55, it also has Dual-core Neural Processing Unit offering a vast amount of AI computing performance, making up probably a large part of those 6.9 Billion transistors on the SoC. These algorithms can eventually be trained to offer more and more accurate recognition of things in the surroundings of the smartphone camera.

Bokeh video on Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Posted by Charbax – October 17, 2018

The Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro can take Bokeh video, they can blur the background as one of their new video AI modes in 1080p30. I shot here a sample using the phone so you can see the quality of that bokeh effect. Does it look good enough for video-blogging in a way that might have a professional look to it? I guess if the bokeh isn't by optics it's better not to shoot with it, right? But then the whole video is flat. This bokeh AI effect does not seem to recognize the things that are at the same distance, it blurs out anything that it considers not to be part of the face. And it might unblur any other faces that it catches in the background too which kind of defeats the purpose of blurring out the foreground and the background. It is possible though that Huawei might still yet improve on their AI algorithms here to perhaps improve their bokeh video effect further.

7.2″ giant Huawei Mate 20 X with Myriam Joire

Posted by Charbax – October 17, 2018

Myriam Joire of the Mobile Tech Podcast has been covering tech for over a decade and was previously Engadget’s Senior Mobile Editor, host of the Engadget Mobile Podcast, and co-host of TWiT’s All About Android. The Huawei Mate 20 X is a 7.2" 1080x2244, Android 9.0 powered high end Android phone running on the new 7nm HiSilicon Kirin 980 quad ARM Cortex-A76, quad ARM Cortex-A55 with Mali-G76 MP10 GPU. This phone is actually targetted at the gaming market, to be launched at 899€.

AOSP TV OP-TEE DRM integrations on HiKey, TI X15, iMX8M, Poplar

Posted by Charbax – September 8, 2018

Peter Griffin and his colleagues of the Linaro Home Group demonstrate some of their latest advancements with AOSP TV such as their OP-TEE DRM integrations, Playready, Widevine, ClearKey on HiKey, TI X15, iMX8M, Poplar using AOSP and Linux, Chromium and WPE. DRM Secure Data Path on i.MX8M.

Honor 10, Notch, Kirin970 without PC Mode, glimmering back

Posted by Charbax – May 20, 2018

Huawei's Honor group launches the new Honor 10 Smartphone at $399, it comes with a Notch (which I don't understand why, except for copying Apple's mistake), it runs on the ultra fast Hisilicon Kirin 970 processor but they did not include the PC Mode in this one, that PC Mode is only available in Huawei Mate 10 and P20. The very glimmering back side of the phone is a fingerprint magnet, not sure if the effect looks as good if a transparent back case is used. They use an ultrasonic based front side finderprint reader, though I prefer when fingerprint readers are on the back.

Bero shows AOSP TV 8.1, Gemini PDA, Android with newer kernels at Linaro LMG/LHG hacking room

Posted by Charbax – March 24, 2018

Bero (Bernhard Rosenkränzer) and his colleagues from the Linaro Mobile Group (Android) and the Linaro Home Group (TV Boxes) are working in the hacking room at Linaro Connect to prepare some demos for Demo Friday including AOSP TV on 8.1 (while most Android TV runs on 7.1), updating the Linux kernel on Android phones to some newer kernel version, and Bero also gives his opinions on the multi-Linux booting Gemini PDA amazing keyboard phone which he has purchased (see my video on Gemini PDA Linux support here)

Cadence HiFi DSP SDK for Android

Posted by Charbax – March 22, 2018

Raj Pawate, Niranjan Yadla and Sachin Ghanekar presented a low cost SDK for Cadence HiFi 3 DSP. This Hikey960 development board enables software developers to leverage the power of the HiFi 3 DSP and introduce new algorithms for audio and speech processing. With HiFi 3 DSP running at 533 MHz and access to a large shared system memory of 13MB, software developers are no longer constrained to showcase their advanced algorithms. In addition, the HiFi 3 DSP works closely with an App processor hosting Android allowing software developers to integrate DSP functionality within the context of Android Applications.

HiSilicon Open Source Keynote: Kenneth Lee, Chief Software Architect at Linaro Connect

Posted by Charbax – March 22, 2018

This talk explains why a commercial organization should join the open source development from the software architecture and commercial competition perspective. And it will also tell how a bad open source strategy will fail the original target.

Kenneth (Liguozhu) Lee / Hisilicon
Kenneth Lee is the chief software architect of Hisilicon. He has more than 14 years experience on OS and OS middleware design and development. He has worked on OS area for most of HUAWEI products which include wideband/Narrowband switches, routers, mobile phones, wireless stations, core network servers, etc. He is also the architect of HUAWEI’s first Linux distribution for lots of embedded telecom devices.

http://connect.linaro.org/resource/hkg18/hkg18-400k1/

Learn More at http://connect.linaro.org

HiKey970 development board for AI

Posted by Charbax – March 19, 2018

HiSilicon and Hoperun introduces their new HiKey 970 development board, 10nm HiSilicon Kirin 970 based (same chipset that is in the recent Huawei Mate 10) quad ARM Cortex-A73 at 2.36GHz with quad ARM Cortex-A53 at 1.8GHz with Mali-G72MP12 and their new Dedicated Neural-network Processing Unit (NPU) with 256MAC/cycle @ 960MHz performance. To be available next month for $299 on Amazon and at http://hihope.org this is their Super Edge AI Computing Platform with Huawei HiAI SDK that can provide up to 25X Performance and 50X better Power Efficiency compared with doing the AI tasks by CPU or GPU. This enables the Heterogeneous multi processing Resource Management for use in applications such as Deep Learning, Robots, Automobile, Smart City. The NPU provides frequently used artificial intelligence function APIs, model management APIs and basic operator computing APIs, so developers can focus on developing new AI applications instead of focusing on performance tuning. The HiKey970’s dedicated AI processor has a rich set of imaging and I/Os that enables developers to build highly integrated flexible products for AI-based intelligent cameras in smart cities.

Features include:
UEFI + ARM Trusted Firmware
Kernel 4.9
CAN driver
CSI/CSI-2 driver
WiFi enable
Video Codec enable
PCIe enable for storage and LTE connect

4 lanes CSI + 2 lanes CSI
CAN V2.0B up to 1Mbps
Video Dec up to H.265 3840x2160@60fps
6GB 1866MHz, 4 Channel LPDDR4x
GPS, GLONASS, and BeiDou

OS Choices
Ubuntu
Debian
Android Master

Stacks
Huawei HiAI
Android NN
OpenGL ES
OpenCL