Power Use Comparison

A project log for Luxonis DepthAI

Unleashing the Power of the Movidius Myriad X.

BrandonBrandon 10/01/2019 at 17:090 Comments

Hi everyone,

So we took a bit of time to see what our power use is now that we have neural inference (real-time object detection, in this case) running directly from image sensors on the Myriad X.  So this was actually inspired by this great article by Alasdair Allan, here, and we use his charts below in the comparison as well.

Idle Power:

Active Power (MobileNet-SSD at ~25FPS):

So the DepthAI platform running MobileNet-SSD at 300x300:
Neural Inference time (ms): 40
Peak Current (mA): 760
Idle Current (mA): 150

So judging from Alasdair's handy comparison tables (here, and reproduced below), this isn't too shabby.  In fact it means we're the second fastest of all embedded solutions tested, and we're the lowest power.

image.pngimage.pngAnd what's not listed in these tables is what is the CPU use of the host (the Raspberry Pi).  Here are our results on that (tested on Raspberry Pi 3B):

RPi + NCS2RPi + DepthAI
Video FPS3060
Neural Inference FPS~825
RPi CPU Utilization220%35%

So this allows way more headroom for your applications on the Raspberry Pi to use the CPU; the AI and computer vision tasks are much better offloaded to the Myriad X with DepthAI.