Intel to Discontinue Movidius Neural Compute Stick
Intel initiated a plan for the top of the life cycle of its Movidius Neural Compute Stick primarily based on the Myriad 2 VPU this week. The product will probably be accessible for one more yr and Intel will present technical help for the machine for one more two years. For builders at the moment engaged on merchandise primarily based on the NCS, Intel is suggesting that builders improve to the extra superior Myriad X-based Neural Compute Stick 2.
The Intel Movidius Neural Compute Stick relies on the Myriad 2 Imaginative and prescient Compute Unit (VPU) and at its launch supplied as much as 100 GFLOPS / 1 TOPS computing capability in mid-2017. The USB Compute Stick was designed primarily for low-power builders who require a imaginative and prescient for computing and / or a deep-learning accelerator. Builders ought to use each prototyping on the NCS and partly in manufacturing tools. Since then, Intel has launched a way more highly effective Myriad X VPU, which presents 4 instances extra TOPS efficiency and a greater function set. As well as, Intel presents a variety of Imaginative and prescient Accelerator merchandise primarily based on Myriad sequence VPUs and Arria sequence FPGAs, accessible in a wide range of type components.
One of many important variations between the Intel NCS and the extra superior options, akin to these operating the Myriad X, is that whereas the previous makes use of Intel's proprietary Movidius Neural Compute SDK, the latter depends on Intel's distribution of OpenVINO Toolkit, appropriate with Open Supply OpenVINO business customary software program packages.
With new and SDKs accessible, and the fast-growing AI-ASIC marketplace for extra highly effective opponents, the marketplace for the unique Movidius NCS seems to be closing. In consequence, Intel will stop its acquisition of on October 30, 2019 and ship all excellent orders on April 30, 2020. The corporate will present technical help for the half by April 30, 2021. In consequence, it seems just like the Movidius NCS could have a a lot shorter life than the Myriad X (which was additionally launched in 2017).