Layout of a multi-neuron chip comprising an array of analog/digital silicon neurons and synapse circuits (Photo: ETH Zurich)
The neuromorphic chips are subjected to a visual cognitive test (Image: ETH Zurich)
Swiss researchers have taken an important step towards imitating the brain’s information processing (Image: Shutterstock)
Researchers at the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich have designed a sophisticated computer system that is comparable in size, speed and energy consumption to the human brain. Based on the development of neuromorphic microchips that mimic the properties of biological neurons, the research is seen as an important step in understanding how the human brain processes information and opens the door to fast, extremely low-power electronic systems that can assimilate sensory input and perform user-defined tasks in real time.
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