29 Apr '14, 8am

Brain-inspired circuit board can simulate 1million neurons

Brain-inspired circuit board can simulate 1million neurons

The prototype Neurogrid board costs around $40,000 (approx. £24,000) and is about the same size of an iPad. It consists of 16 custom designed 'Neurocore' chips that together can simulate 1million neurons and billions of synaptic connections. The chips were made using 15-year-old fabrication technologies. However, by switching to modern manufacturing processes and fabricating the chips in large volumes, the researchers believe Neurogrid could be available for as little as $400 (approx. £240). Lead researcher Kwabena Boahen, an associate professor of bioengineering at Stanford, says the technology could be used to give amputees better control of their prosthetic limbs, and pave the way towards more advanced autonomous robots. He also envisions a Neurocore-like chip that could be implanted in a paralysed person's brain, interpreting intended movements and translating them to ...

Full article: http://www.newelectronics.co.uk/electronics-news/brain-in...

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