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Huawei Technologies Co unveiled what it said is the world’s fastest artificial intelligence computing platform on Wednesday, showcasing its steady progress to beef up technological prowess despite the restrictions it faces from the US government.
Huawei said the Atlas 900 is the world’s fastest AI training cluster. The move is part of the company’s consistent input into chips, one of the two key technologies that Huawei believes is of utmost importance to building a fully connected, intelligent world.
“We believe that connectivity and computing will be woven into the fabric of everything and are worth our continuous investment, Hu Houkun, rotating chairman of Huawei, said.
According to Hu, Huawei already has made significant strides in connectivity for the past 30 years, from fixed networks to wireless, from 2G, 3G and 4G, all the way up to 5G.
“As people and computers are closer than ever, the improvement of computing power is crucial to human beings’ advancement forward,” Hu said.
The computing market will be worth more than $2 trillion by 2023, according to a forecast by market research company Gartner.
Huawei is a competitor that Apple cannot afford to ignore
Apple released its new series of products on Tuesday, with the focus being on iPhone11. Interestingly, during the presentation, an Apple employee compared iPhone11 with Huawei smartphones.
In the 12 years of iPhone, from the first generation to the current model, this is the first time Apple has compared its product with that of Huawei. It means two things.
First, Huawei is a competitor that Apple can no longer ignore. With sales of 59 million smartphones in the first quarter of 2019, Huawei is indeed a big player in the global smartphone market. And the reference to Huawei products by a pioneering company such as Apple should be seen as an acknowledgement of Huawei’s prowess.
Second, Huawei should expect tougher competition from Apple. Since iPhone sales dropped 30 percent to 36.4 million in the first quarter of 2019, Apple may adopt a more aggressive marketing strategy to boost sales. For example, the cheapest model Apple released on Tuesday costs $699, less than last year’s iPhoneXR.
Also, Apple is adding more value to iPhones, as the new iPhones have A13 bionic processors, said to be the fastest of its kind, and the new super retina XDR display in iPhone11 is a pro display, the brightest display ever.
Yet no new iPhone11 model is compatible with 5G networks. Apple is reported to have paid billions of dollars to settle a dispute with chipmaker Qualcomm in April to get the technology needed to make 5G iPhones, but 5G iPhones won’t appear until next year.
By contrast, Huawei released Mate20X, which fits 5G networks, in February. Which means Huawei is leading the global 5G market. Also, Mate20X is a foldable smartphone, a breakthrough in high-tech.