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IBM’s Brain on a Chip. They Call It TrueNorth. Good Choice.

Posted on August 8, 2014

Scientists at IBM Research have created by far the most advanced neuromorphic (brain-like) computer chip to date. The chip, called TrueNorth, consists of 1 million programmable neurons and 256 million programmable synapses across 4096 individual neurosynaptic cores. Built on Samsung’s 28nm process and with a monstrous transistor count of 5.4 billion, this is one of the largest and most advanced computer chips ever made. Perhaps most importantly, though, TrueNorth is incredibly efficient: The chip consumes just 72 milliwatts at max load, which equates to around 400 billion synaptic operations per second per watt — or about 176,000 times more efficient than a modern CPU running the same brain-like workload, or 769 times more efficient than other state-of-the-art neuromorphic approaches. Yes, IBM is now a big step closer to building a brain on a chip.

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9 thoughts on “IBM’s Brain on a Chip. They Call It TrueNorth. Good Choice.

  1. Kdenney1 says:

    It seems to me we need LESS computer and more use of the old fashioned BRAIN POWER!! Most of the kids today can't make change!!!

  2. CrustyOldGeezer says:

    They can't figure a 20% tip either.

  3. Daniel Richardson says:

    Transistor counts plotted against Moore's Prediction were for incarnations which reached production stage. The 1.25 micron linewidths were producable in 1990's but we are now raving at 0.25 microns in a novel development? IBM was able to construct surface semiconductor devices molecule-by-molecule years ago. The International Technology Roadmap was correct due to the realization process technology at ever-greater densities is not production-capable. Practical advances in speed are being made with processing parallelism.

    From Wiki (citations omitted):
    His prediction has proven to be accurate, in part because the law is now used in the semiconductor industry to guide long-term planning and to set targets for research and development….
    Although this trend has continued for more than half a century, Moore's law should be considered an observation or conjecture and not a physical or natural law…. However, the 2010 update to the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors predicted that growth will slow at the end of 2013, when transistor counts and densities are to double only every three years.

  4. Cliffystones says:

    You could call it 'Moore's law has head-on-collision with the law of diminishing returns".

  5. therevolutionwas says:

    Nor afford one.

  6. 1baronrichsnot1 says:

    Can we get some for BO, Reid, nancy, kerry, hillary, holder, most of senate, a lot of congress, and 4 out of 9 scotus members? Implant them? Boy they sure need em. But they would still be scarecrows,especially Hillary and nancy!

  7. 1baronrichsnot1 says:

    I'm pretty sure as a predictor of future economic events, it will show continued degradation and deterioration! Why, because our economy suddenly has more workers than jobs, and is growing worse each month. The steady import of south american worders to do the work no one wants to do, but somehow is getting done will not solve anything for business, the economy, or taxes, as gov't will always spend more than we have! I guess what I am saying is that we don't need this chip, we know the problem, it's gov't!!

  8. Holy Shirt says:

    Has Walter Reed enough competent urologists to fit them up and proctologists to install them?

  9. With this stuff and automation, the need for humans is nearing zero. 57% to 70% of all illegals draw some kind of government welfare check every month. Less than 2% pick crops.
    At $15 dollars an hour for unskilled fast food workers, you better believe that automation will be the first priority of all businesses. There was at one time a zero employee fast food burger joint back in the mid late 1980’s. It wont be that hard and take very long to bring it back.
    The only question I have is when are we going to start dumping illegals on other countries?