ChatGPT in your pocket: Palm-sized external Nvidia GPU weighs only 250g – but who will use it?

Edge computing specialist Adlink has announced a new product that it hopes will make AI development more accessible. The Pocket AI (opens in new tab), unveiled at Nvidia’s GTC 2023 conference, is a pocket-sized, portable GPU (or eGPU) that contains a Nvidia RTX A500 professional GPU (most likely in an MXM form factor) with 4GB GDDR6 memory and connects to the host computer via a Thunderbolt 3 port. It is roughly equivalent to a Geforce RTX 3050 laptop GPU.

The primary use case, the company says, is AI development, “from students and beginners still learning and validating knowledge, to experienced developers who are cultivating and demonstrating new concepts” but professional graphics users will find the Pocket AI very useful for a number of applications: 2D/3D content, CAD (e.g AutoCAD 2024), 3D rendering, AI image processing etc.