On the hardware side, the kit features a Windows 10-based Intel NUC Mini PC — either model NUC8i7BEH or NUC8i5BEH — pre-loaded with 3 hardware engines:
> 8th gen Intel Core quad-core i7 or i5 processor
> Intel’s Movidius Myriad X visual processing unit (VPU)
> Intel’s Iris Plus Graphics 655 graphics card
The kit’s software starts with the Developer Toolkit itself. This includes a 30-day trial of Microsoft Visual Studio 2019 Enterprise edition, as well as Intel’s distributions of both the OpenVINO toolkit and Python programming language.
Also included are tutorials for identifying and counting objects in video streams. Source-code samples are packaged in, too, and they include libraries for creating videoconferencing applications.
AI newbies get three support options, as well: the Intel AI Developer Forum, Microsoft WinML Forum, and Simply NUC Support.
Big features, small footprint
Thanks to the Intel NUC’s tiny form factor — its footprint measures just 4 x 4 inches — you and your customers can now get an AI development kit on a box that takes up hardly any room at all. Yet it still includes a high-end CPU, GPU and VPU.
You’ll also get some powerful connectivity. The Intel NUC has a Thunderbolt 3 port for data-transfer rates of up to 40 Gbps, plus four USB 3.1 ports for connecting peripheral devices and moving big media files.
The Simply NUC AI kit retails for $831 to $1,009, depending on hardware configuration. It’s shipping and available now from Simply NUC.