Intel Rolls AI Toolkit
Intel has begun rolling out AI hardware previewed last fall with the release of its Movidius Neural Compute Stick, billed as a self-contained AI accelerator in a USB format that requires no network connection.
The chipmaker said Thursday (July 20) the device is intended to make deep learning applications more accessible to AI researchers and product developers to they can pursue offline AI prototyping. The USB toolkit compiles and accelerates "neural networks at the edge," the company said.
Intel's machine vision strategy focuses on combining CPUs and vision processors with cameras to allow devices to understand their surroundings.
The neural stick device, which includes on-board processing and does not require cloud connectivity, is targeted at AI applications for "end devices" such as robots and drones as well as object tracking and object recognition. Potential object recognition applications include vehicle backup cameras or collision avoidance apps like smart vacuum cleaners.
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) also is pitching the neural compute stick for video analytics applications along with improving computer vision algorithms used in commercial drones for applications such as inventory inspection.
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