Intel’s first few “Compute Stick” products were basically fully functional PCs packed into a tiny case with an HDMI connector that you could plug directly into a display.
The latest Compute Sticknot th from Intel is a little different. Intel subsidiary Movidius has launched a Neural Compute Stick that you can plug into the USB port of any computer to add hardware-accelerated machine learning/vision processing/artificial intelligence to an existing computer.
The Neural Compute Stick sells for $79 and it’s actually something Movidius was working on before Intel acquired the company… but now that Movidius is part of the Intel team, it gets to wear the Compute Stick name, I guess.
The stick features a Movidius Vision Processing Unit (VPU), which allows it to perform neural network processing without relying on cloud computing, so no internet connection is required.
Intel says the VPU uses under 1 watt of power, while offering 100 gigaflops of performance.
You plug the stick into a computer via a USB 3.0 port.
The whole thing measures about 72.5mm x 27mm x 14mm and the stick is fanless for silent operation. Possible applications include powering security cameras, smart home products, and drones, among other things.