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Super power for phones, a Super-Computing Smartphone Chip from MIT Researchers

Today’s phones are significantly more powerful than they were in 2010. But they are almost non-existent when compared to high end computers. What if the phone ahead of me is going to be as powerful as a supercomputer? Sounds like crazy, doesn’t it?

Well, according to a research paper released by MIT, MIT has integrated tiny chip brain synapses into new types of artificial brain synapses. This technology has the potential to be used in devices such as portable phones as a very powerful chip that consumes very little energy. In the future, these phones will be able to run sophisticated AI computing without an Internet connection.

A transistor with “memories”

Researchers call it “memristors”. Apparently it is similar to a transistor, but has the ability to “remember”. Conventional transistors, which serve as the brains of modern chips, may vary between 0 and 1. On the other hand, “remember” can be manipulated like a human brain.

Now, the team has been able to achieve this feat by using a concept of metallurgy in computer chip designing. Metallurgists, in most cases, need to change the properties of metals. This is why they are called “alloys” which have the properties of polymetallic elements.

So, MIT researchers used this concept and combined silver with the memristor’s positive electrode with another element. This creates a chip that can switch electrodes continuously and reliably through a very narrow conductor channel. That’s how they were able to develop a chip with a lot of “remember”.

Now, the project is still in its early stages. However, the team of researchers found that their “remember” could power portable devices that could handle complex tasks similar to those performed by super-computers.

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