PORTLAND, Ore. — The most brain-like computer chip to date has been produced by IBM for the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's (DARPA's) Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics (SyNAPSE) program, in collaboration with Cornell Tech and iniLabs, Ltd.
“When the SyNAPSE project was launched six years ago, many people thought it was impossible,” Dharmendra Modha, an IBM fellow and chief scientist of brain-inspired computing at IBM Research, tells EE Times. “But today we have proven that it is possible, and we are working toward making it a commercial reality in the future.”
The IBM SyNAPSE chip has 1 million artificial neurons (brain-like cells) and 256 million synapses (storage cells), all powered by 4,096 neurosynaptic cores integrating memory, computation, communication, and operating in an asynchronous event-driven, parallel, and fault-tolerant manner.
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— R. Colin Johnson is the Advanced Technology Editor of EE Times.