Intel Movidius Neural Compute Stick provides device for AI acceleration

Intel recently launched a new product called the Intel Movidius Neural Compute Stick. The product is a USB-based deep-learning inference kit and self-contained artificial intelligence (AI) accelerator designed to deliver deep neural network processing capabilities to a wide range of host devices.

This type of product could have many different applications for developers and organizations looking to utilize AI for operations. Here’s some more information about the new product from Intel.

Components of Intel Movidius Neural Compute Stick

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The Movidius Neural Compute Stick comes as a simple USB plugin. But the small device packs a major punch. Inside the Movidius Neural Compute Stick, there’s a Myriad 2 VPU that contains more than 100 gigaflops of performance within a 1W power envelope. This allows the device to run real-time deep neural networks. It also allows you to deploy a wide range of AI applications, even when you’re offline.

Abilities of Intel Movidius Neural Compute Stick

Machine intelligence development requires two key things: training an algorithm on large sets of sample data using modern machine learning techniques and actually running the algorithm in an end-application that needs to interpret real-world data.

To do this, the device has the ability to compile data and automatically convert a trained Caffe-based convolutional neural network into an embedded neural network optimized to run on the onboard Movidius Myriad 2 VPU. It also gives you the ability to tune using detailed performance metrics. It can also serve as a discrete neural network accelerator by adding dedicated deep learning inference capabilities to existing platforms for improved performance and efficiency.

How to buy Intel Movidius Neural Compute Stick

Movidius Neural Compute Stick is now available for purchase through select distributors for around $79. You can also learn more about the product and about purchasing it on the Movidius developer website.

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