Intel launches Loihi 2, The second generation of the neuromorphic research chip developed by the company, has sensing capabilities that allow it to smell odors and sense objects. Compared to the previous generation (Loihi 1), the new chip has 10 times faster processing capacity, 15 times greater resource density, and simulates the activity of one million neurons (nerve cells in the brain) in each chip while improving energy consumption. It comes with Intel software called Lava, An open, modular and extensible code system that will allow developers in the neuromorphic research and computing community to use a chip for developing applications and solutions that need the sensing capabilities it provides.
Neuromorphic computing knows how to use insights and findings from the world of neuroscience and its purpose is to enable the development of chips that can simulate the biological activity of the brain. The second generation of the Divine Chip is based on an architecture that provides it with the ability to support new types of algorithms and applications that work similarly to neurons and need for example vision, voice gestures, search retrieval, and other unique capabilities including sensory detection, tactile installation Limbs and more. The first generation Loihi chip was launched by Intel in 2017.
Intel’s neuromorphic research community (INRC) today numbers more than 140 members, some of whom joined earlier this year (Ford, Ericsson, Rayton Technologies, Teledyne-FLIR, SwRI and many universities). It is a community of academic, governmental and industrial partners working together with Intel to drive progress in realistic commercial uses through neuromorphic computing. Intel notes that the Open University will use the new chip for the benefit of relevant research in the field of sensing applications.
According to Intel, advances in neuromorphic computing from laboratory research to the existence of commercially available technology required intensive work in 2 channels; Software framework development out the need for a common platform so that developers can perform measurements, integrate and improve the best algorithms from different groups; And deep collaborations between industry, academia and government aimed at establishing a rich and productive neuromorphic ecosystem that will explore short-term commercial business uses.
Loihi 2 chips are now available online for use through research through members of Intel’s neuromorphic research community, and are available through Intel’s cloud servers. The Lava system is now available for free download from GitHub.