DARPA’s Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics (SyNAPSE) program has developed a new chip that mimics brain’s power-saving efficiency; uses 100x less power for complex processing than modern chips, DARPA said in a statement.
The SyNAPSE chip is designed by researchers at IBM and is loaded with more than 5 billion transistors and boasts more than 250 million “synapses,” or programmable logic points, analogous to the connections between neurons in the brain.
Many tasks that people and animals perform effortlessly, such as perception and pattern recognition, audio processing and motor control, are difficult for traditional computing architectures to do without consuming a lot of power.
Biological systems consume much less energy than current computers attempting the same tasks. The program was created to speed the development of a brain-inspired chip that could perform difficult perception and control tasks while at the same time achieving significant energy savings.
The chip can be tiled to create large arrays, has one million electronic “neurons” and 256 million electronic synapses between neurons. Built on Samsung Foundry's 28nm process technology, the 5.4 billion transistor chip has one of the highest transistor counts of any chip ever produced.
Sandia National Laboratories and Rockwell Collins are selected for Phase 3 of the DARPA Meso-dynamic Architectures program. The aim of the program is to research light-to-sound conversion in ultra-small optical waveguides and develop future system capabilities beyond those attainable with existing technology
Rockwell Collins bagged a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) contract to develop new electronically scanned array (ESA) antenna technology as part of the Arrays at Commercial Timescales (ACT) program. This program aims to make ESAs, a common building block component that is digitally interconnected, reconfigurable, and readily upgradeable
DARPA and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on a joint DARPA/Navy research and development program called “Tern". This joint effort builds upon the existing work of DARPAs Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node program, or “TERN,” which has been exploring concepts for a long-endurance and long-range aircraft that would operate from a variety of Navy ships
The US Defense Department along with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency on Tuesday said they are developing a method of autopilot that may allow the military to reduce air flight crews to a fraction of their current size. DARPA says it will work to introduce automated flight systems in aircraft over the next 50 years
UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a five-year, £23 million ($38 million ) contract to IBM to manage the UK Air Surveillance Command & Control System (UCCS). The system will monitor up to two million aircraft over UK airspace every year
IBM and Defence Equipment and Support, a department of the UK MoD, today announced a five-year strategic agreement for IBM to manage the UK Air Surveillance Command & Control System (UCCS). The IBM system is used to identify every one of the thousands of aircraft that are in the skies above the UK at any moment of the day
The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected AeroVironment for the phase II preliminary design for the Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node (TERN) program. The 12-month, $19 million phase II effort seeks to conclude with subscale flight demonstrations prior to a planned phase III award decision, AeroVironment said in a press release Wednesday
Aurora Flight Sciences announced that it has won a contract to develop Defense Advanced Research Projects Agencys (DARPA) SideArm launch and recovery system Tuesday. Demonstration of the SideArm technology was a key part of Aurora's work on the Tactically Enhanced Reconnaissance Node (Tern) program
Lockheed Martin, in partnership with the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the University of Notre Dame, has demonstrated the airworthiness of a new beam control turret being developed for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and AFRL to give 360-degree coverage for high-energy laser weapons operating on military aircraft. A research aircraft equipped with the Aero-adaptive Aero-optic Beam Control (ABC) turret conducted eight flights in Michigan
Northrop Grumman has been selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop and demonstrate advanced wideband digital antenna technology for next generation radio frequency (RF) sensors using active electronically scanned arrays (AESAs). The DARPA Microsystems Technology Office awarded Northrop Grumman an $11
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) today said one of the key goals of the Ground X-Vehicle Technology (GXV-T) program is improving the survivability of ground-based armored fighting vehicles by increasing vehicle agility. Vehicle agility involves the ability to autonomously avoid incoming threats, either by rapidly moving out of the way or reconfiguring the vehicle so incoming threats have a low probability of hitting and penetrating—all without injuring the occupants in the process, it said
Pentagon is eyeing next-generation armored vehicles that are more mobile, maneuverable and survivable, but with less armor. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will host a proposers day to give potential contractors a more clear idea of what the Defense Department wants in its Ground X-Vehicle Technologies program in September
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