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Low Power Voice Interface Chip

Voice interaction with computing devices has been growing more sophisticated and more common. Power requirements have been a major obstacle. A new low power speech recognition chip design is about to change that. If the power savings suggested for this chip are actually realized, it could open up the potential for voice interfaces in everything […]

Visual Cortex in USB Form Factor

Housed in a USB key device, the Fathom contains an embedded neural network that can accelerate deep learning with low power requirements. It uses the dedicated Myriad 2 Vision Processing Unit (VPU) chip to provide visual cortex functions in stand alone environments without requiring cloud connectivity. Movidius Announces Deep Learning Accelerator and Fathom Software Framework […]

Superconductor Basics

When we push electrons through most conductors, there is resistance from other electrical fields that slows down the transmission of the electrical current and creates heat. In some materials, the electrons clump together in pairs (Cooper pairs) and move with reduced resistance. These materials are called superconductors and they are most effective at low temperatures […]

NeuroSynaptic (brain-inspired) Chip by IBM

In 2008, DARPA started a program called SyNAPSE (Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics), with the intention of designing new computing infrastructure based on human biological brains. In April, 2014, engineers at Stanford University announced a circuit board using 16 “Neurocore” chips that together can simulate the capability of one million neurons with billions […]

Printing Solar Cells

We are fast approaching the point where we will be able to print anything. It should be no surprise to see solar cells and panels on the list of materials that researchers are learning to print. Imagine being able to print solar panels whenever and wherever you need them at a low cost factor. While […]