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Intel, Asus partner on machine learning

Vendors team up to power machine learning PCs

Intel, Asus partner on machine learning
Intel and Asus presented Project Precog, a dual-screen device with a full set of intelligence features.

PC hardware and compoents vendor AsusTek Computer Inc and chipmaker Intel have partnered to power machine learning on PCs.

Jerry Shen, CEO, Asus joined Gregory M. Bryant, senior vice president and general manager, Client Computing Group at Intel to showcase two new machine learning-powered devices.

Intel also used the event to introduce the AI for PC Developer Programme to provide machine learning (ML) tools and training for developers.

Intel and Asus presented Project Precog, a dual-screen device with a full set of intelligence features, as well as a new Zenbook notebook development platform that comes with an Intel Movidius visual processing unit (VPU). Developers will be able to take advantage of the low-power VPU to enhance their own apps' ML capabilities.

Last year, after having previously acquired Movidius, Intel announced the Movidius Myriad X, an embedded VPU that focused on maximising inference performance in a low-power environment. The Myriad X comes with vision accelerators, a neural compute engine, imaging accelerators, and 16 SHAVE vector processors that are paired with a CPU for heterogeneous compute. The chip can deliver up to 4 trillions of operations per second (TOPS) with a power envelope of only 1.5W.

According to Intel, ML developers will be able to train using its new AI programme using tools such as the Open Visual Inference and Neural network Optimisation (OpenVINO) toolkit. The toolkit allows developers to take advantage of Intel's CPUs, GPUs, and the Movidius VPU to enhance their applications with AI capabilities.

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