RS Components adds Intel Neural Compute Stick 2 for deep learing

Described as a small and fanless computer-vision and deep-neural-network (DNN) accelerator, the Intel Neural Compute Stick delivers easy access to low-power, high-performance deep-learning capabilities for embedded IoT applications. It is now available from RS Components.

It is used by data scientists and academics, as well as developers and engineers looking at integrating computer-vision and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities into Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The stick, in the convenient USB form factor, enables deep learning prototyping on a laptop or device with a USB interface.

Like its predecessor product – the Intel Movidius Neural Compute Stick, which was launched in 2017 – the Intel NCS 2 is based on the Intel Movidius Vision Processing Unit (VPU). It additionally deploys the latest version, the Intel Movidius Myriad X VPU which has a dedicated hardware accelerator for DNN inference.

The Intel NCS 2 can be combined with the Intel Distribution of Open VINO toolkit as a versatile prototyping and development tool with support for deep learning, computer vision and hardware acceleration to enable applications that have human-like vision capabilities. The combination of the Intel NCS 2 and the Intel Distribution of OpenVINO toolkit enables a fast development-to-deployment cycle, from prototyping trained DNNs on the compute stick to the easy porting of DNNs to an Intel Movidius VPU-based embedded device or system with minimal code changes required, if any. The Intel NCS 2 also provides support for the popular open-source Caffe and TensorFlow DNN software libraries.

The Intel Neural Compute Stick 2 is shipping now from RS in the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions.

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