Movidius Neural Compute Stick: The Future of USB

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The Movidius Neural Compute Stick is an embedded machine intelligence platform from Movidius, an Intel Company. Through software and hardware tools, the Neural Compute Stick brings machine intelligence and AI out of the data centers and into end-user devices.

The Neural Compute Stick is designed to help democratise the machine intelligence space, and accelerate an age of ubiquitous, intelligence devices and systems.

The Movidius Neural Compute Stick (NCS) is a tiny fanless deep learning device that you can use to learn AI programming at the edge.Movidius NCSNCS is powered by the same low power high performance Movidius Vision Processing Unit (VPU) that can be found in millions of smart security cameras, gesture controlled drones, industrial machine vision equipment, and more.

In short, this fantastic little USB is self learning and it makes adding AI (artificial intelligence) to hardware easy as pie.

the NCS isn’t exactly brand new information in the tech world. Initially announced last April (2016) as the “Fathom Neural Compute Stick”, development soon came to a halt when Intel decided they were going to acquire Movidius.Movidius NCS 1Movidius’s goal has long been to move this type of image-based deep learning from the cloud to the edge with its Myriad 2 visual processing unit. The chips are used on everything from security cameras and drones to AR headsets, enabling them all to recognise and identify objects in the world around them.

Getting acquired has offered Movidius some more flexibility to add features like the ability to plug in several of these sticks to add more deep-learning power. On a manufacturing side, Movidius has also been able to bring down the price from £89 to £69 even as its build has gotten more hefty.

Learn more about this wonder-stick in the video below

Movidius Neural Compute Stick Features

  • Supports Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) such as Caffee profiling, prototyping and tuning workflow
  • All data and power provided over a single USB Type A port
  • Real time, on device inference – cloud connectivity not required
  • Run multiple devices on the same platform, to scale performance
  • Quickly deploy existing CNN models or uniquely trained networks
  • Movidius VPU with energy-efficient CNN processing


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