We also actively cooperate with customers, industry partners, and universities to develop innovative green technologies. So far, we have led and driven the formulation of various energy efficiency standards and technical specifications. Our involvement promotes the innovation and development of green ICT technologies, and contributes to our competitiveness and influence in terms of energy conservation and emissions reduction.
In 2015, we implemented the following four initiatives regarding green product design:
1. We developed low-power chips and improved hardware design, software, and dynamic energy management technologies. Consequently, we increased the energy efficiency of core routers and wireless base stations by 25% and 20%.
Huawei Kirin 950 Chipset: High Performance, Low Energy Consumption, Long Battery Life
The Huawei Mate8 smartphone uses the latest Kirin 950 chipset, the world's first system-on-a-chip (SoC) powered by the 16nm FinFET Plus technology, and ARM's Cortex A72 architecture and Mali T880 GPU. The new architecture makes the GPU 125% more efficient than the predecessor Kirin 930. Several leading designs translate into a 70% reduction in energy consumption: state-of-the-art heat dissipation, smart temperature control, 6-level heat conduction structure, and DX19 high thermal conductivity alloy.
The smartphone's SmartPower 4.0 system, coupled with the chip-level Heartbeat Agent app, intelligently identifies which scenario the user is in, and then chooses the most suitable power solution to extend battery life. The power-saving firewall can monitor the operating system's running status in real time to prevent abnormal power consumption. Thanks to these technologies, users can enjoy the excellent performance of the Mate8 without constantly worrying about charging their phones.
2. We conducted research into innovative energy-saving technologies to support future network evolutions:
- In the 5G domain, we made ground-breaking progress in multiple areas such as networking architecture, spectrum utilization, air interface technology, and base stations. The results were many leading technologies, including new air interface technology and digital radio frequency technology. These technologies can lower end-to-end network costs and boost spectrum efficiency and energy efficiency.
- Huawei performed exceptionally in China's 863 Green Network R&D and Demonstration Project. This project focused on researching and developing breakthrough technologies for the evolution and management of end-to-end green network architecture. The results are green networks with high energy efficiency, as well as their evaluation system. Huawei's involvement contributed to faster industry development and more energy-efficient green networks, which boast a 30% decrease in end-to-end energy consumption compared to traditional networks.
- In other domains, we worked closely with customers to enhance their energy efficiency and contribute to their goals of energy conservation and carbon emissions reduction.
Exploring Innovative Approaches with Customers to Cut Energy Consumption and Emissions
In December 2015, Huawei and Orange signed the green ICT network 2020 agreement in Paris, France. Both companies reaffirmed their strategic cooperation on energy, with Huawei offering energy-efficient solutions to help Orange achieve their energy conservation and emissions reduction goals by 2020.
The companies have been working together on improving energy design in multiple areas since 2013. This collaboration has enabled the design of customer connector cards that reduce energy consumption by 50% for ADSL access and 70% for fiber optic access. An innovative modular convergent infrastructure platform has already been set up at Huawei's research laboratories in Shenzhen, China. This infrastructure uses Huawei's latest energy supply solutions and cooling systems.
"This partnership will accelerate the implementation of high energy-efficient solutions in Orange's infrastructures to achieve our 2020 objective of reducing CO2 emissions per customer usage by 50%. This innovative approach in research and development of ecosystems will assist society in energy and environmental transition."
–Mari-Noëlle Jégo-Laveissière, Senior Executive Vice President of Orange Group
In terms of energy conservation and emissions reduction, Huawei is a long-term strategic partner of Orange, China Mobile, Vodafone, BT, and many other leading carriers. In the future, we will expand our partnerships with ICT carriers as we seek to boost network energy efficiency, tap into ICT's potential as an enabler of energy conservation and emissions reduction, and contribute to customers' goals.
Huawei and Orange representatives signing the green ICT network 2020 agreement
3. We provided services to enhance the energy performance of customers' existing networks. Network modernization is an efficient, cost-effective approach which carriers can adopt to cope with rapid business development. Energy conservation is one of the key factors needed to push network modernization. In 2015, we helped several customers redesign networks according to actual conditions such as traffic distribution, networking characteristics, and the power consumption of equipment and infrastructure. Our energy conservation solutions and configuration policies for soft features on equipment were highly feasible and ensured the networks' quality of service.
4. We collaborated with industry peers to develop and optimize energy efficiency standards. As a member of energy efficiency standards teams of ITU, ETSI, and CCSA, we submitted multiple proposals as a major contributor. These proposals involved broadband access, base stations, radio access networks, servers, and NFV. In doing so, we boosted the standards' accuracy and feasibility. We also participated in the development of multiple standards, such as ETSI's energy efficiency evaluation standards for future network evolution, and EISI's energy efficiency measurement standards for base stations and networks.
Best of Show Award for the Huawei NE5000E Core Router at Interop 2015
The Huawei NE5000E core router is leading the network industry in several areas. Its 128 100GE ports support line rate forwarding. And its multi-frame clustering technology allows smooth capacity expansion to 256 Tbit/s. This elasticity significantly increases the capacity of customers' backbone network nodes, reducing the need for frequent capacity expansions.
The router is a perfect embodiment of end-to-end green design in terms of chips, line cards, software platform, and hardware. Its overall power consumption is the industry's lowest, below 1 Wh of electricity per 1 Gbit/s of data. It greatly decreases carriers' energy use and operating expenses, and has thus been hailed as an industry leader.
Best of Show Award for the Huawei NE5000E Core Router
Product Innovation Leadership Award in Telecom Energy Solutions
Our next-generation energy solutions for ICT infrastructure can maximize networks' energy efficiency, and enable automated, simplified operations management while greatly enhancing the reliability of ICT infrastructure. Our solutions have helped our carrier customers and partners achieve business success and sustainable development.
In 2014, Frost & Sullivan presented Huawei with the Product Innovation Leadership Award in Telecom Energy Solutions. In 2015, we received the award again, indicating that our next-generation energy solutions have been well received and widely deployed by ICT carriers, and that Huawei has become a leader in eco-design and innovation for communications energy products.
Huawei presented with the Product Innovation Leadership Award in Telecom Energy Solutions