Neurogrid: Super Fast & Efficent Circuit Board Based on the Human Brain
Stanford University scientists have developed a circuit board modeled on the human brain that is 9,000 times faster than a typical PC and could open up new frontiers in robotics and computing. Neurogrid is a circuit board consisting of 16 custom-designed 'Neurocore' chips. Together these 16 chips can simulate 1 million neurons and billions of synaptic connections. The team designed these chips with power efficiency in mind. Their strategy was to enable certain synapses to share hardware circuits. Neurogrid is about the size of an iPad, and can simulate orders of magnitude more neurons and synapses than other brain mimics on the power it takes to run a tablet computer. The scientists are working on developing prosthetic limbs that would be controlled by a Neurogrid-like chip.