The Kunpeng 920 CPU will perform 25% higher than the industry benchmark and consumes 30% less power than industry counterparts.
Huawei Technologies Co. unveiled a new processor chip for servers as the Chinese telecommunications gear giant pushes ahead with expansion despite closer scrutiny from overseas.
Called Kunpeng 920, the Huawei-designed 7nm-process chip is based on the ARMv8 architecture license. In addition, the single-slot speed is twice that of the incumbent offering, effectively improving the performance of storage and various accelerators.
For Huawei, the launch of the chipset - called the Kunpeng 920 and designed by subsidiary HiSilicon - boosts its credentials as a semi-conductor designer, although the company said it had no intention of becoming exclusively a chip firm.
"We hope to make our cloud service, together with our partners, one of the top five cloud services in the world", Xu said.
Momentum around ARM's breakout into mainstream computing continued today as Huawei unveiled what the Chinese tech giant touted is the industry's highest performing ARM-based CPU, targeting big data, distributed storage and ARM-native application scenarios.
Huawei said its new servers with the Kunpeng 920 are created to help process and store large amounts of data.
The Kunpeng 920 joins the Huawei's Kirin chips for smartphones and its line-up of Ascend processors for industrial AI in Huawei's chip portfolio. "We will work with global partners in the spirit of openness, collaboration, and shared success to drive the development of the ARM ecosystem and expand the computing space, and embrace a diversified computing era".
Xu said Huawei's "long-term strategic cooperation" with Intel would "definitely continue", focusing on X86 architecture for use in telecom networks, data centers and enterprise cloud. "We're working very closely with ARM to get the optimizations done on the gcc front, and the ARM compiler", which will increase performance as these optimizations produce more efficient binaries.
Huawei's TaiShan servers are built for big data, distributed storage and ARM-native application scenarios.
Hawei wants to "foster an open, collaborative, and win-win ecosystem" and is collaborating with the likes of Ubuntu, SUSE, Linaro, and other organizations.
William Xu at the launch of the Kumpeng 920 in Shenzhen on Monday.