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Imec Demonstrates Self-Learning Neuromorphic Chip That Composes Music


The brain-inspired chip.

Researchers at Imec (Interuniversity Microelectronics Center, Leuven, Belgium, have created what they are calling the world's first self-learning neuromorphic chip.

Credit: Imec

Researchers at Imec in Belgium say they have created the world's first self-learning neuromorphic chip, based on OxRAM technology, that demonstrates the ability to compose music.

The researchers integrated state-of-the-art hardware and software to design chips that feature traits similar to the human brain, such as huge computing power and low power consumption.

The team says the ultimate goal is to design the process technology and building blocks to make artificial intelligence systems that are sufficiently energy efficient to be combined with sensors.

They note such a breakthrough would enable machine learning to be present in all sensors, and permit on-field learning capability to further improve the learning. For example, the researchers say the chip has learned the rules of music composition on the fly, and demonstrated the ability to compose original music.

"Our chip has evolved from co-optimizing logic, memory, algorithms, and system in a holistic way," says Imec's Praveen Raghavan.

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