October 13, 2013
Brain-Inspired Computing In Qualcomm Zeroth Processors
|Qualcomm has a new processor in the works that aims to bring a wealth of new enhancements to mobile processors as we know it. The biologically inspired Zeroth processors can learn as they go and can be taught through positive reinforcement.|
T aking a ground-up approach to their latest design, Qualcomm’s latest Zeroth processor has been made with speed and power efficiency in mind.
The company's research teams have been working on the new computer architecture that mimics the human brain and nervous system so devices can have embedded cognition driven by brain-inspired computing.
There are three main goals for Qualcomm Zeroth processors:
1. Biologically Inspired Learning
"We want Qualcomm Zeroth products to not only mimic human-like perception but also have the ability to learn how biological brains do," writes Samir Kumar, Qualcomm's Director of Business Development, "Instead of preprogramming behaviors and outcomes with a lot of code, we’ve developed a suite of software tools that enable devices to learn as they go and get feedback from their environment."
In the video below, a robot outfitted with a Qualcomm Zeroth processor is placed it in an environment with colored boxes. The researchers were then able to teach it to visit white boxes only. They did this through dopaminergic-based learning, a.k.a. positive reinforcement—not by programming lines of code.
2. Enable Devices To See and Perceive the World as Humans Do
These spiking neural networks (SNN) encode and transmit data very efficiently in both how our senses gather information from the environment and then how our brain processes and fuses all of it together.
3. Creation and definition of an Neural Processing Unit—NPU
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