Samsung has developed a new way to make computer memory chips by copying and pasting the structure of the human brain into an electronic circuit.
This “copy and paste approach” maps and measures the complicated network of interconnected synapses in our brain, and then replicates that neural map into a “3D solid-state memory network.”
That memory could range from “standard flash storage” like SSD to “resistive RAM” (RRAM), according to a Press release from the Korean company.
Rather than simply being inspired by a specific feature or function of the human brain, this new design method is ingenious because it “returns neuromorphic electronics to its original purpose of reverse engineering the brain” as a whole, according to a scientific paper published in Nature electronics.
However, as Engadget He points out, even a large multinational manufacturer like Samsung is still a long way from developing a neuromorphic chip with the 100 trillion memory units required to accurately mimic the 100 billion neurons in the human brain.
Despite the global shortage, Samsung’s chip production continues.
The Seoul-based company is rumored to be the producer of the Tensor chipset for Google’s upcoming Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro smartphones and is reportedly working on a new autonomous chipset for Tesla.