Lei Jun Announces Xiaomi’s Plan to Recruit 5000 Engineers at MIDC
Also announced: Retractable Telescope Camera Technology, XiaoAi AI Assistant 5.0, and more.
Behind Xiaomi’s remarkable technological achievements, especially those in the camera domain, is Xiaomi’s continuous investment in R&D and talent recruitment. A young company that has just celebrated its 10th anniversary, Xiaomi has allocated over 10 billion RMB to its R&D fund this year, joining the ranks of the top 20 Chinese companies in terms of R&D investment.
We believe people are at the foundation of any innovation. When strengthening our technological competence, we should always start with finding the best people. Currently, Xiaomi has over 10,000 talented members in its engineering team and is planning to recruit 5,000 more in 2021, despite the global pandemic, said Lei Jun, Chairman, and CEO of Xiaomi, my wish for the next decade is to build Xiaomi into the dream company of every engineer, and we will reinforce our strategy of talent cultivation and team composition.
Introducing Retractable Wide-aperture Lens Technology
Drawing inspiration from traditional camera designs, Xiaomi introduced its latest self-developed, Retractable Wide-aperture Lens Technology. This design allows the retractable telescopic camera to have a larger aperture to increase the amount of light input by 300%, as well as showcase better performance in portrait photography and night photography compared to currently-used camera structures.
Xiaomi will continue to integrate these professional imaging technologies into smartphone photography, bringing professional photography to hundreds of millions of smartphone users around the world, and adding on to Xiaomi’s portfolio of imaging technology breakthroughs.
Mi Smart Factory
Mi Smart Factory marks yet another milestone on Xiaomi’s path to smart manufacturing. In particular, it was revealed that Xiaomi Smart Factory is now able to operate fully automatically 24/7 swiftly switching production lines every 20 minutes in order to improve efficiency.
Xiaomi Smart Factory boasts the industry’s first one-key calibration, line switch function, and is also the first to adopt the linear automatic product testing line with high flexibility.
Xiaomi Share Development Framework
So at MIDC 2020, Xiaomi also introduced the Xiaomi Share Development Framework with two function modules: Collaboration Kit and MiPay Kit. Developers will be able to use device collaboration and screencasting features on third-party devices, instead of only being limited to Xiaomi developed products and applications. Xiaomi Share Development Framework will continue to open up more function modules such as NFC Tap kit, Relay kit, FileShare kit for developers in the future.
Xiaomi Vela integrated IoT software platform and XiaoAi AI Assistant 5.0
With the introduction of Xiaomi Vela, an integrated IoT software platform, developers will be able to access a vast variety of software components and easy-to-use frameworks, which will further strengthen Xiaomi’s IoT foundation.
In the future, the platform will be the first to land on Xiaomi’s IoT module and realize support for most categories of smart home devices through it. At the same time, Xiaomi is developing the software framework and components needed to support applications such as smart speakers, smart bands, and smart watches, and will be gradually implementing them on other devices.
Embracing open source
At the conference, Xiaomi also announced the official open sourcing of the MACE Micro microcontroller AI framework, allowing more AIoT devices to be equipped with high-performance AI capabilities.
Xiaomi’s Chief Speech Scientist Daniel Povey brought XiaoAi AI assistant’s speech recognition ability to a whole new level. During last MIDC, he announced that the new generation of his open-source speech recognition toolkit, Kaldi, will support PyTorch and TensorFlow, and showcased the technical architecture of Kaldi for the first time: including k2 (core algorithm), Lhotse (for preparing training data), and Icefall (collection of sample scripts).
About Xiaomi Corporation
Xiaomi Corporation was founded in April 2010 and listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on July 9, 2018 (1810.HK). Xiaomi is an internet company with smartphones and smart hardware connected by an Internet of Things (IoT) platform at its core.
With an equal emphasis on innovation and quality, Xiaomi continuously pursues a high-quality user experience and operational efficiency.
Nov 05, 2020 at 20:54