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Engineers design artificial synapse for 'brain-on-a-chip' hardware


January 22, 2018

Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have designed an artificial synapse in such a way that they can precisely control the strength of an electric current flowing across it, similar to the way ions flow between neurons. The researchers built a small chip with artificial synapses, made from silicon germanium. In simulations, the researchers found that the chip and its synapses could be used to recognize samples of handwriting, with 95 percent accuracy. Full Story

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