As one of the first announcements at their artificial intelligence conference in Beijing, Intel unveiled the Neural Compute Stick 2. Like its predecessor, the USB stick can accelerate AI workloads while drawing all the power it needs from a USB 3.0 plug. The new version of the stick uses the Intel Movidius Myriad X CPU, and Intel claims it delivers up to 8 times the performance of the original compute stick. What looks like a standard USB thumb drive hides much more inside. The Intel NCS 2 is powered by the latest generation of Intel VPU – the Intel Movidius Myriad X VPU. This is the first to feature a neural compute engine – a dedicated hardware neural network inference accelerator delivering additional performance. Combined with the Intel Distribution of the OpenVINO toolkit supporting more networks, the Intel NCS 2 offers developers greater prototyping flexibility. Additionally, thanks to the Intel AI: In Production ecosystem, developers can now port their Intel NCS 2 prototypes to other form factors and productize their designs.