Intel Snaps Up Movidius To Accelerate Its AI And RealSense Vision Efforts


Custom silicon merchant Movidius has pulled in a ton of consideration for its superior, low-control chips that have controlled vision applications like Google Tango, and in addition making machine learning conceivable on cell phones. Presently it has gotten a definitive compliment. Chip goliath Intel has procured it to quicken its RealSense venture and different endeavors to give PC vision and profound learning arrangements. Intel is hoping to see Movidius innovation sent in automatons, robots, and VR headsets — notwithstanding more conventional cell phones, for example, cell phones and tablets.

The Movidius advantage

Power necessities are the customary Achilles heel of versatile arrangements that require considerable calculation, with vision and machine learning being two of the most amazing cases. By making enhanced, custom silicon — its Myriad chip family — Movidius has decreased the force expected to run machine learning and vision libraries by well over a request of greatness contrasted with a more-universally useful GPU.


After a great deal of introductory fervor, Intel’s original RealSense items — intended to give gadgets a 3D perspective of their surroundings to bolster mapping, route, and signal acknowledgment — vacillated because of specialized weaknesses. Be that as it may, Intel has more than re-tried harder, and is expecting to make RealSense the eyes and ears of the Internet of Things, which Intel accepts will involve more than 50 billion gadgets by 2020. Intel Senior VP Josh Walden compares vision processors, for example, Movidius’ Myriad to the “visual cortex” of IoT gadgets.

Intel taking aim at Nvidia’s GPU strategy

This move takes Intel further into Nvidia’s home turf. Nvidia has wagered huge on superior processing for AI, self-driving autos, vision, and VR — the definite markets Intel is attempting to move into with its RealSense stage, and now the Movidius securing. This pits Nvidia’s procedure of giving the most conceivable general figuring power per watt versus Intel’s custom silicon.
On paper, the upsides of each are genuinely direct. Universally useful GPU (GPGPU) figuring gives the most adaptability and versatility, while custom silicon can be more productive when running a particular undertaking or library — once it has been created. In the business sector, hope to see a lot of configuration wins for both Intel and Nvidia, and some jumping of each different as resulting item eras take off from each.