With the desktop, laptop, server, and high-performance compute markets all but sewn up, Intel has been casting its net increasingly wide in search of continued growth.

An area showing considerable promise for that growth is in machine intelligence and deep learning, and in 2016 the company announced the acquisition of machine vision acceleration specialist Movidius in an attempt to break into the low-power local accelerator market.

For nearly a year the freshly-acquired Movidius went silent, until last month Intel announced the Movidius Neural Compute Stick USB-connected accelerator - a rebranded and repackaged version of the Movidius Fathom announced more than a year prior.

Now Intel has announced the first new Movidius product since it acquired the company: the Myriad X vision processing unit (VPU), the successor to the Myriad 2 VPU which powers the Neural Compute Stick.

Where the Myriad 2 offers a claimed 100-150 gigaflops - 100-150 billion floating-point operations per second - of compute performance, the Myriad X is said to be 10 times faster at over a teraflop of peak compute performance.

Other improvements over the Myriad 2 include the presence of 16 programmable 128-bit very long instruction word (VLIW) vector processors optimised for computer vision workloads, 16 Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) lanes for connection to up to eight high-definition cameras pushing 700 million pixels per second total, 20 new and improved hardware accelerators for boosting computer vision workloads such as depth perception from three 720p stereo pairs at 60 frames per second, and 2.5MB of on-chip memory.

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