IBM creates new SyNAPSE chip to further cognitive computing

IBM creates new SyNAPSE chip to further cognitive computing

Summary: Big Blue says the neurosynaptic computer chip will open new computing possibilities for cloud, mobile and distributed sensor applications.

TOPICS: Innovation, IBM

IBM unveiled Thursday a neurosynaptic computer chip that it says will open new computing possibilities for cloud, mobile and distributed sensor applications.

Built with non-von Neumann computer architecture, IBM said the postage stamp-sized chip achieves an unprecedented scale of one million programmable neurons, 256 million programmable synapses and 46 billion synaptic operations per second, per watt.

At 5.4 billion transistors, IBM said the chip is currently one of the largest CMOS chips ever built, while also managing to consume only 70mW of power by running at biological real time.

Building on previously demonstrated neurosynaptic cores with on-chip, online learning, IBM said it envisions building learning systems that adapt in real-world settings, as the underlying architecture could at some point exploit advances in future memory, 3D integration, logic and sensor technologies.

Dr. Dharmendra S. Modha, IBM fellow and chief scientist for brain-inspired computing at IBM Research, said in a statement:

We foresee new generations of information technology systems – that complement today’s von Neumann machines – powered by an evolving ecosystem of systems, software, and services. These brain-inspired chips could transform mobility, via sensory and intelligent applications that can fit in the palm of your hand but without the need for wifi. This achievement underscores IBM's leadership role at pivotal transformational moments in the history of computing via long-term investment in organic innovation.


Topics: Innovation, IBM

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  • Amusing

    With 256 million programmable synapses, that should make this artificial brain about as smart as a genius rat or a moron octopus Anyway, it's a start.
    Tony R.
    • Reply to Tony R

      It depends on who is doing the programing of the Synapses. Just look at what kind of rubbish we keep seeing in the Liberal controlled Media daily. This sends shivers down my spine!
    • smarter

      Unless IBM is planning to attach legs and let it feed itself and multiply, it should be much smarter than a rat.
  • IBM sensacionalist

    IBM as always sensacionalist better than effective, takes many years losing market and the user IT you no longer see the option IBM like be worth, but it even has big benefits because has captive market of its technology, but this leaves to end up!
    luis river
  • Clarity

    Luis you must have typed every other word you were thinking. Your statement makes little sense.
  • Curious

    OK. I've got a brain, and know the basics about how it works. How does this chip work? What does it do??

    Granted, this is an IBM sales pitch, but it does answer a few questions. First, the input is a "spike", which I understand to be a big gob of data (like the scene your eye takes in when you first wake up). Since it is massively parallel, the TrueNorth chip processes the spike very fast, in parallel, and outputs another spike-- which has been processed in some way. In a similar way, your eye processes what you see in a moment of time and sends a "spike" to your brain for further processing. Obviously, a lone eye isn't worth much, and neither is TrueNorth by itself. Both must be hooked to an ecosystem to supply and process spikes.

    Ultimately, I think TrueNorth's descendants will be the sensory tech which allows Watson to play ANY game, not just Jeopardy, in real time in the physical world... or run a battle bot which takes out the enemy with ruthless efficiency. You get the idea.

    Now-- do we like the idea?
  • This "neurosynaptic computer chip" is still hardware, dependent upon

    software, both of which are dependent on what humans put into them. It is still very far from being capable of real "artificial intelligence".

    A human brain can be analytical, creative, and innovative, and emotional.

    When a computer gets to that point, we will have artificial intelligence. Right now, no computer is even close, and will never get there, since, no hardware and software combination can be emotional. Heck, they’re not even creative or innovative yet, and are pretty far from being so.
  • Art and a PC

    Artist - Engineer: Creating Art on paper with help from a PC is a Man/PC Art by collaboration. Today in such collaborations a PC draws "last" not Man and a typical result printed out on PC paper is less than beautiful. There is a new art drawing technology that allows for Man to draw last refining marks on PC paper; where in this scenario Man is master and a PC is a more helpful assistant than is a case currently. I have a patent for a method to draw refined art on top of (over) a PC printout of any PC generated image or on a PC photocopy. And a patent pending to decorate a PC desktop. I want to be a Art Consultant for IBM. Kindly see my Linkedin profile for more.
    charles wagner