At the recent Artificial Intelligence Conference in Beijing, Intel introduced the second generation of a tiny microprocessor-based virtual computer called the Neural Compute Stick 2. The device helps programming AI software application can develop samples as well as more effective deployment through Movidius Myriad X Vision Processing Unit.
“The first generation of Neural Compute Stick (NCS) has impressed the entire AI community with a compact design and unprecedented price,” said Intel. See what the AI community can do next with improvements to the computing power of the next-generation Intel NCS 2.”
Compared to the previous generation, NCS 2 uses the latest image processor, the Movidius Myriad X, with more processor cores with 16 cores called SHAVE core and integrated hardware accelerated virtual neural network processing for fast processing. More than AI applications and imaging. The overall processing efficiency is also eight times higher than the original NCS while the power consumption is still very low.
Through NCS 2, programmers can develop AI algorithms and image recognition systems for smart devices, drones, robots and more without the need for cloud processing resources. In addition, NCS 2 also comes with the OpenVINO development kit, which enables programmers to develop more flexible software templates and prototypes that can be deployed to a variety of devices thanks to the Intel AI: IN Production ecosystem.
The size of NCS 2 is equivalent to a USB and you can plug it into a laptop or PC with a standard USB 3.0 port. Compatible operating systems include 64-bit versions of Windows 10, CentOS 7.4 and higher, and Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS and higher. Intel says that with laptops and Intel NCS 2, programmers can launch AI applications and image processing in minutes.
Intel Neural Compute Stick 2 will be sold for $99, AI programmers can refer to this unique computer here.