It’s reported Microsoft is negotiating with Huawei and it ready to use Huawei’s new artificial intelligence (AI) chip in Microsoft data center in China.
This move may enhance China’s desire to use more ‘native’ technology while giving Huawei a place in the industry. Although it is not certain whether the two parties will reach an agreement, the deal with Microsoft will be the first step for Huawei to challenge NVIDIA, the dominant artificial intelligence chip manufacturer.
In order to convince Microsoft to use Huawei’s artificial intelligence chips, Huawei must meet the stringent performance requirements of this US company. A person familiar with the matter said that some Huawei engineers are customizing the software that runs their chips to meet Microsoft standards. At the same time, the engineers are testing new chips with Microsoft’s algorithms.
However, this not the first collaboration between these two companies. Huawei has already cooperated with Microsoft to bring Office 365 to China through cloud computing services. For several months, Huawei executives have been marketing new artificial intelligence chips to Microsoft research director Harry Shum.
Despite the deal with Microsoft, the initial market for new chips is still small, as most Chinese technology companies such as Alibaba and Tencent (in fact, the most technology companies around the world) use NVIDIA chips.
However, all these rumors may remain at the state of the conversation. We mean there is a ‘real war’ between China and the US. So if Microsoft decides to cooperate with Huawei (a Chinese company) against another American company.