Intel has now acquired chipmaker Movidius in a bid to accelerate their computer vision technology. A relatively lesser known company Movidius, has slowly yet steadily carved a niche for themselves and have grown on to provide chips to leading brands like Lenovo, Google, DJI to name a few.
The expertise of Movidius lies in their capability of producing fingernail sized computer vision processors that are being widely used in drones and virtual reality devices. In fact, chips from Movidius help drones from leading firm DJI to navigate through obstacles while in flight. Established about eight years ago, the chipmaker which got acquired by Intel for an undisclosed amount had grown up to boast of a team of around 180 employees. Movidius especially made a name for itself with their latest chip, the Myriad 2 which can analyze and make sense of multiple video streams. The company very recently launched an Artificial Intelligence backed USB stick dubbed the Movidius Fathom.
Apart from drones and virtual reality devices, Movidius chips can also be found in thermal sensing camera. Strictly speaking, this was one of the key reasons that drove Intel to buy Movidius. Their expertise in this domain will greatly help the American chipmaker accelerate the development of their Real Sense™ depth-sensing cameras that allow devices to perceive and see the world in three dimensions. Intel’s latest acquisition comes soon after they took over AI firm Nervana Systems for a deal worth $400 million.
“We see massive potential for Movidius to accelerate our initiatives in new and emerging technologies. 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,” said Josh Walden, Senior VP of Intel’s new technology in an official statement. “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. Movidius’ market-leading family of computer vision SoCs complements Intel’s RealSense™ offerings in addition to our broader IP and product roadmap.”