Intel is working at full speed to win the AI race. The company recently introduced a new AI-powered chip, called Myriad X. All signs indicate that this brand-new chip will revolutionize AI progress, opening the door to new possibilities.
The Intel Myriad X is the company’s first VPU powered by Neural Compute Engine for accelerating deep learning inferences at the edge. More specifically, the Neural Compute Engine is an on-chip hardware block capable of running deep neural networks at high speed and low power without compromising accuracy. In this manner, AI devices will be able to see, understand and respond to their environment in real time.
Intel confirms that the Myriad X VPU can now reach 10X higher performance for app using multiple neural networks running simultaneously. This translates into over 1 trillion operations per second.
Combining the neural network performance of the 16 proprietary SHAVE cores with the neural compute engine, Myriad X delivers 10X the performance compared to previous generations.
As far as the technical specs are concerned, the Myriad X VPU features 16 MIPI lanes, suporting up to 8 HD resolution RGB sensors. The high-throughput inline ISP processes streams at high speeds, while new hardware encoders support 4K resolutions at both 30 Hz and 60 Hz frame rates.
Myriad X allows AI systems to X-ray the world
The Movidius Myriad X vision processing unit (VPU) is a real gem, increasing AI autonomy. This new chip can power a wide variety of AI machines, including drones, robots, smart cameras and of course virtual reality.
With the help of this chip, Intel hopes to put the power of human vision into a computer. Possible applications in the real world include the following:
- Baby monitor cameras could capture a series of information about your baby’s health, including temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate, and even emotion.
- Dash cams could create real-time maps of the possible dangers on the road and warn you about them.
- Drones could take photos of you, capturing life’s best moments. Forget about getting a photographer to capture your wedding, for example. In the future, you’ll be able to use your drone as your personal photographer.
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Of course, this human-like AI vision capacity opens the door to many unwanted or harmful applications. For example, governments could use these systems for high-accuracy mass-surveillance purposes.
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