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Intel Adds to its Artificial Intelligence Portfolio with Movidius Acquisition

07 September 2016

Intel Corp. has acquired another company in the realm of deep learning in order to continue its push into artificial intelligence, with its RealSense technology.

The company has acquired Movidius, a company that provides low-power, high-performance system-on-chip (SoC) platforms for accelerating computer vision applications. The acquisition will also give Intel access to algorithms used for deep learning, depth processing, navigation and mapping and natural interactions.

A look at how the Movidius acquisition will factor into Intel’s overall artificial intelligence platform. Source: Intel    A look at how the Movidius acquisition will factor into Intel’s overall artificial intelligence platform. Source: Intel Furthermore, Movidius’ technology will work with RealSense capabilities to optimize and enhance this technology. Intel’s RealSense brings computer vision to machines to visually process and understand its surroundings. Cameras serve as the eyes of the device, the CPU is the brain and the vision processor is the visual cortex. Computer vision allows for navigation and mapping, collision avoidance, tracking, object recognition, inspection analytics and more.

“We see massive potential for Movidius to accelerate our initiatives in new and emerging technologies,” said Josh Walden, senior VP and GM of Intel’s New Technology Group. “The ability to track, navigate, map and recognize both scenes and objects using Movidius’ low-power and high-performance SoCs opens opportunities in areas where heat, battery life and form factors are key. Specifically, we will look to deploy the technology across our efforts in augmented, virtual and merged reality (AR/VR/MR), drones, robotics, digital security cameras and beyond.”

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