Intel seems to be on a shopping spree of sorts lately. Not content with acquiring Saffron and Nervana, the chip manufacturer has now turned its attention and fat checkbook towards Movidius, a company specializing in computer vision and machine learning applications.
Movidius designed the Myriad 2 VPU (short for Visual Processing Unit), a low-power SoC containing dedicated hardware that specializes in translating vision information. In tandem with that SoC, Movidius offers a set of specialized algorithms for vision and machine learning tasks, as part of an SDK for developers.
Intel is now looking to use Movidius' technology and know-how for multiple applications including virtual and augmented reality platforms, drones, robots, and security cameras. All those efforts will be collected around Intel's ever-growing RealSense banner.
The chip giant wasn't the first company to take notice of the Myriad 2 VPU, too—Google already figured it'd be a great idea for mobile devices, as did Lenovo, who's looking to use it in its upcoming VR products.