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Intel unveils ‘Intel AI: In Production’ programme

Chip maker outlines a new way to bring artificial intelligence prototypes to market

Intel unveils ‘Intel AI: In Production’ programme
Intel says since the launch in 2017, the Movidius Neural Compute Stick (NCS) has gained a wider developer base.

Chip maker Intel, has unveiled "Intel AI: In Production," a new programme that makes it easier for developers to bring their artificial intelligence prototypes to market.

Since its introduction last July, the Intel Movidius Neural Compute Stick (NCS) has gained a developer base in the tens of thousands, said the chip maker.

According to Intel, once developers have a prototype, the next step is to take it into production, which can be challenging and costly for small companies and entrepreneurs.

The company said to make it easier, Intel selected AAEON Technologies, a manufacturer of advanced industrial and embedded computing platforms, as the first Intel AI: In Production partner. Through the programme, AAEON provides two streamlined production paths for developers integrating the low-power Intel Movidius Myriad 2 vision processing unit (VPU) into their product designs.

"Intel AI: In Production means we can expect many more innovative AI-centric products coming to market from the diverse and growing segment of technologies utilizing Intel technology for low-power inference at the edge," said Remi El-Ouazzane, Intel vice president and general manager of Intel Movidius.

"Intel Movidius Myriad 2 technology makes AI Core one of the most powerful and versatile AI hardware accelerators for edge computing," said Fabrizio Del Maffeo, AAEON vice president, managing director of AAEON Technology Europe and founder of UP Bridge the Gap. "AI Core bridges the gap between the lab and volume production, allowing the innovators who adopted the Intel Movidius Neural Compute Stick to roll out a field deployment."

Intel customers already are building products through the Intel AI: In Production programme.

Nicolas Lorin, president of CONEX, said: "Our innovation team started prototyping advanced retail deep learning algorithms and tested the Intel Movidius Neural Compute Stick. Now through the Intel AI: In Production programme, CONEX will be able to rapidly go from our validated prototypes to actual end products."

Lorin said thanks to this new path to production, CONEX will be deploying an AI-enhanced, point-of-sale retail device to some of the largest cosmetic goods retailers later this year.

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