Intel Neural Compute Stick 2 (NCS 2) Launched!

At its first artificial intelligence (AI) developer conference in Beijing on Nov. 14 and 15, Intel kicked off the event with the launch of the Intel Neural Compute Stick 2 (Intel NCS 2). NCS 2 is designed to build smarter AI algorithms and for prototyping computer vision at the network edge.

 

Intel Neural Compute Stick 2 (NCS 2) Launched!

Based on the Intel Movidius Myriad X vision processing unit (VPU) and supported by the Intel Distribution of OpenVINO toolkit, the Intel NCS 2 speeds the development of deep neural networks inference applications while delivering a performance boost over the previous generation neural compute stick.

The Intel NCS 2 enables deep neural network testing, tuning and prototyping. Developers can go from prototyping into production leveraging a range of Intel vision accelerator form factors in real-world applications.

“The first-generation Intel Neural Compute Stick sparked an entire community of AI developers into action with a form factor and price that didn’t exist before. We’re excited to see what the community creates next with the strong enhancement to compute power enabled with the new Intel Neural Compute Stick 2.” – Naveen Rao, Intel corporate vice president and general manager of the AI Products Group

Intel Neural Compute Stick 2

What Does The Intel Neural Compute Stick 2 Do?

Connecting computer vision and AI to Internet of Things (IoT) and edge device prototypes is made easy with the enhanced capabilities of the Intel NCS 2. It will also enable developers working on a smart camera, a drone, an industrial robot or the next must-have smart home device to prototype faster and smarter.

It may look like a standard USB thumb drive but it is so much more inside. The Intel NCS 2 is powered by the latest generation of Intel VPU – the Intel Movidius Myriad X VPU. Its the first to feature a neural compute engine – a dedicated hardware neural network inference accelerator delivering additional performance.

Combined with the Intel Distribution of the OpenVINO toolkit supporting more networks, the Intel NCS 2 offers developers greater prototyping flexibility. Additionally, the Intel AI: In Production ecosystem allows developers to port their Intel NCS 2 prototypes to other form factors and productize their designs.

 

How The Intel Neural Compute Stick 2 Works

With just a laptop and the Intel NCS 2, developers can have their AI and computer vision applications running in minutes. The Intel NCS 2 runs on a standard USB 3.0 port and requires no additional hardware. This enables users to seamlessly convert and then deploy PC-trained models to a wide range of devices natively and without internet or cloud connectivity.

The first-generation Intel NCS which was launched in July 2017 has fueled a community of tens of thousands of developers. It has been featured in more than 700 developer videos and has been utilized in dozens of research papers. With NCS 2, Intel is empowering the AI community to develop many more ambitious applications.

 

Where To Buy Intel Neural Compute Stick 2

Here are some direct links to purchase the Intel Neural Compute Stick 2 :

 

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