Intel Democratizes Deep Learning Application Development with Launch of Movidius Neural Compute Stick

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July 20, 2017

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The Movidius™ Neural Compute Stick is the world’s first USB-based deep learning inference kit and self-contained AI accelerator that delivers dedicated deep neural network processing capabilities to a wide range of host devices at the edge. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

Today, Intel launched the Movidius™ Neural Compute Stick, the world’s first USB-based deep learning inference kit and self-contained artificial intelligence (AI) accelerator that delivers dedicated deep neural network processing capabilities to a wide range of host devices at the edge. Designed for product developers, researchers and makers, the Movidius Neural Compute Stick aims to reduce barriers to developing, tuning and deploying AI applications by delivering dedicated high-performance deep-neural network processing in a small form factor.

More: Movidius Press Kit | Movidius Neural Compute Stick Product Brief | Intel at CVPR Fact Sheet

As more developers adopt advanced machine learning approaches to build innovative applications and solutions, Intel is committed to providing the most comprehensive set of development tools and resources to ensure developers are retooling for an AI-centric digital economy. Whether it is training artificial neural networks on the Intel® Nervana™ cloud, optimizing for emerging workloads such as artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, and automated driving with Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, or taking AI to the edge with Movidius vision processing unit (VPU) technology, Intel offers a comprehensive AI portfolio of tools, training and deployment options for the next generation of AI-powered products and services.

“The Myriad 2 VPU housed inside the Movidius Neural Compute Stick provides powerful, yet efficient performance – more than 100 gigaflops of performance within a 1W power envelope – to run real-time deep neural networks directly from the device,” said Remi El-Ouazzane, vice president and general manager of Movidius, an Intel company. “This enables a wide range of AI applications to be deployed offline.”


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The Movidius™ Neural Compute Stick is the world’s first USB-based deep learning inference kit and self-contained AI accelerator that delivers dedicated deep neural network processing capabilities to a wide range of host devices at the edge. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

Machine intelligence development is fundamentally composed of two stages: (1) training an algorithm on large sets of sample data via modern machine learning techniques and (2) running the algorithm in an end-application that needs to interpret real-world data. This second stage is referred to as “inference,” and performing inference at the edge – or natively inside the device – brings numerous benefits in terms of latency, power consumption and privacy:

Movidius Neural Compute Stick is now available for purchase through select distributors for MSRP $79 and at the conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) in Honolulu, Hawaii, from July 22-25. For more details, visit the Movidius developer website.

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