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Intel’s Movidius Compute Stick is ‘world’s first’ USB AI accelerator

CHIPMAKER Intel has denounced a Movidius Neural Compute Stick, that it is touting as ‘the world’s first’ self-contained AI accelerator in a USB format.

The Movidius Neural Compute Stick was first announced final April as a antecedent device called a Fathom. Intel then scooped adult Movidus in September, and a device got put on reason – until now. 

The device acts as an AI accelerator that doesn’t need to be bending adult to a cloud-based complement and creates it easier to add deep training capabilities to existent computing platforms.

For example, regulating a device’s technology, developers will be means to pattern an AI-powered worker or supplement AI into existent apps and devices. According to Intel, a Movidius USB hang could also revoke investigate and growth costs for contrast appurtenance training applications

“The Myriad 2 VPU housed inside a Movidius Neural Compute Stick provides powerful, nonetheless fit opening – some-more than 100 gigaflops of opening within a 1W energy pouch – to run real-time low neural networks directly from a device,” pronounced Remi El-Ouazzane, clamp boss and ubiquitous manager of Movidius, an Intel company. “This enables a far-reaching operation of AI applications to be deployed offline.”

Specs-wise, a Movidius Compute Stick consumes only 1 watt of energy and provides 100 gigaflops of performance. It runs on a Caffe horizon and connects to a PC around USB 3.0. It requires a 64-bit PC using Ubuntu 16.04, with 1GB RAM and 4GB onboard memory to function.

Intel says a Movidius Neural Compute Stick is now accessible from name distributors for $79. There’s not nonetheless any UK accessibility details. 

The attainment of Intel’s AI hang comes only a day after it was suggested that the organisation has axed a whole wearables division. According to reports, Intel let go around 80 per cent of a wearables-focused Basis organisation in November, and dual weeks ago, a organisation “completely separated a group”. µ  

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