Ren: Huawei Will Build Parts, not Cars

China is producing 25 million cars this year and Huawei intends to be at the heart of all of them, a $50 billion market. It’s also a primary supplier to Daimler and Audi in Germany.

Thousands of engineers are working in the Intelligent Car Solution business unit, which was upgraded to the same position as phones in the Consumer Business Group under Yu Chengdong.

So many are working on automotive, some in China believed Huawei would build a car. Ren has now strongly denied that:

Huawei does not build cars, but we focus on ICT technology to help automakers build good cars. In the past two years, despite the constant changes in the external environment, we must be clear that building ICT infrastructure is the historical mission of Huawei. The more difficult it is, the more it cannot be shaken. Therefore, the company once again reiterated: Huawei does not build complete vehicles, but focuses on ICT technology to help auto companies build good cars, build good cars, and become an incremental component provider for intelligent connected cars.uawei does not build cars, but we focus on ICT technology to help automakers build good cars. In the past two years, despite the constant changes in the external environment, we must be clear that building ICT infrastructure is the historical mission of Huawei. The more difficult it is, the more it cannot be shaken. Therefore, the company once again reiterated: Huawei does not build complete vehicles, but focuses on ICT technology to help auto companies build good cars, build good cars, and become an incremental component provider for intelligent connected cars.

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The MDC 600, introduced in 2018, offered chips, platform, operating system, and a development framework for an autonomous car. It’s since become clear that fully autonomous cars are not coming that soon. Caixin reports the 2020 MDCs have a more modest goal:

The MDC 210 features computing power of 48 trillion operations per second (TOPS), enabling Level 2 autonomy, while the MDC 610 promises a processing speed of 160 TOPS, supporting Level 3 and Level 4 autonomy.

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The “HI” solutions encompass an all-new architecture for computing and communications, and five intelligent systems focusing on intelligent driving, intelligent cockpit, intelligent electrification, connectivity and intelligent automobile cloud respectively. Besides, the solutions still involve the full set of intelligent suits including LiDAR and AR-HUD (augmented reality head-up display)

Yes, Huawei is producing LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) the most sophisticated sensor for vehicles.

(More to come)

Huawei EMT Resolution [2020] No. 007 Issued by: Ren Zhengfei

Resolution on business management of smart auto parts

The Resolution of the Standing Committee of the Huawei Board of Directors [2018] No. 139 “Resolution on Relevant Strategies to Address Macro Risks” is clear: Huawei does not build cars, but we focus on ICT technology to help automakers build good cars. In the past two years, despite the constant changes in the external environment, we must be clear that building ICT infrastructure is the historical mission of Huawei. The more difficult it is, the more it cannot be shaken. Therefore, the company once again reiterated: Huawei does not build complete vehicles, but focuses on ICT technology to help auto companies build good cars, build good cars, and become an incremental component provider for intelligent connected cars. In order to enhance the technology and resource interaction between the smart car parts business and the smart terminal business, with the approval of the company’s president, the following decisions are made on the management of the smart car parts business:

1. Adjust the business jurisdiction of the Intelligent Car Solution BU (IAS BU) from the ICT Business Management Committee to the Consumer Business Management Committee, and appoint Wang Tao as a member of the Consumer Business Management Committee.

2. Reorganize consumer BG IRB into IRB for smart terminals and smart car parts, and adjust the investment decision and portfolio management of smart car parts business from ICT IRB to IRB for smart terminals and smart car parts. Yu Chengdong was appointed as the director of IRB for smart terminals and smart car parts.

3. In the future, who will make suggestions to build cars, interfere with the company, be transferred from the post, and find another post.

The IRB and Consumer Business Management Committee of Smart Terminals and Smart Auto Parts must adhere to Huawei’s strategy of not building cars and have no right to change this strategy.

This article takes effect from the date of publication and is valid for 3 years.

The person responsible for the management of this document is the rotating chairman on duty, who is responsible for interpretation and maintenance.

Reporting: members of the board of directors, members of the board of supervisors

Main delivery: ICT Business Management Committee, Consumer Business Management Committee, ICT IRB, CBG IRB

Huawei Debuted the Mobile Data Center at HUAWEI CONNECT 2018

Oct 15, 2018

[Shanghai, China, October 15, 2018] At HUAWEI CONNECT 2018, Huawei launched its Mobile Data Center (MDC). Covering chips, platform, operating system, and development framework, the software and hardware integrated solution is positioned to fuel autonomous driving.

Huawei launched the Mobile Data Center

Joy Huang, Vice President of Huawei’s IT Product Line, delivered a keynote speech “Powering Intelligent Enterprises with AI Innovation”, said, “In the next decade, autonomous driving is bound to change the human lifestyle profoundly, and innovation will be the driving force behind this change. An autonomous car needs to aggregate and process massive amounts of sensor data to support decision-making for automatic driving. An autonomous car is literally a Mobile Data Center. However, for the century-old automobile industry, also for the ICT industry, autonomous driving is never an easy task. It comes with a highly complex engineering system that involves the bottom-layer chip, platform, in-vehicle operating system, and the upper-layer development framework for running algorithms. Huawei strives to become an enabler of autonomous driving and looks to join customers in the automotive industry to bring the vision of autonomous driving faster to life through continuous innovation.”

  • High Performance

Running on Huawei Ascend chips, it unlocks up to 352 trillion operations per second (TOPS) and meets the requirements of L4 automatic driving. High compute power means that it can be connected to more external sensors (such as cameras, millimeter-wave radars, laser radars, and GPS) and process data streams in real time. This will enable the auto-driving car to better cope with complex road conditions in a more prompt, secure, and reliable manner.

  • High Safety & Reliability

The MDC draws on Huawei’s 30 years of experience and expertise in the R&D, design, and manufacturing of ICT equipment. End-to-end redundancy backup design eliminates single points of failure. It runs stably at -40°C to +85°C ambient temperature, confidently coping with the harsh vehicle environments. It complies with automotive-grade requirements for reliability and function safety, such as the ASIL D level of the ISO 26262 standard.

  • High Energy Efficiency

Huawei MDC boasts a superior end-to-end energy efficiency of 1 TOPS/W, which leads the industry average of 0.6 TOPS/W. The benefits of high energy efficiency not only mean energy saving, but also stronger endurance of the vehicle battery for more mileage. Also, providing the same compute power at lower temperature means improved reliability for electronic components. In addition, Huawei MDC does not need high-vulnerability components such as fans. This allows for a smaller size of the product and mitigates impact on the existing structure design of cars.

  • Guaranteed Low Latency

The underlying hardware platform is equipped with a robot operating system (ROS), and the underlying hardware and software are effectively integrated and tuned to achieve a kernel scheduling latency less than 10 μs, and inter-node communication latency less than 1 ms for the ROS. These combine to deliver an end-to-end latency less than 200 ms for autonomous driving, by far outperforming the industry’s general 400–500 ms latency. These benefits translate into higher safety for autonomous driving.

Huawei has been working in the ICT field for many years. In the intelligent transformation of vehicles, Huawei has cultivated chip-level innovation capabilities, platform-level engineering capabilities, and a comprehensive development, debugging, and diagnosis tool chain. Huawei is poised to work with automobile industry customers to get autonomous driving onto a fast track.

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