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Synchronized oscillators may allow for computing that works like the brain

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Posted in Science on 15th May, 2014 10:56 PM by AlexMuller

Computing is currently based on binary (Boolean) logic, but a new type of computing architecture created by electrical engineers at Penn State stores information in the frequencies and phases of periodic signals and could work more like the human brain.

 
It would use a fraction of the energy necessary for today’s computers, according to the engineers. To achieve the new architecture, they used a thin film of vanadium oxide on a titanium dioxide substrate to create an oscillating switch. Vanadium dioxide is called a “wacky oxide” because it transitions from a conducting metal to an insulating semiconductor and vice versa with the addition of a small amount of heat or electrical current.
 
Using a standard electrical engineering trick, Nikhil Shukla, graduate student in electrical engineering, added a series resistor to the oxide device to stabilize oscillations. When he added a second similar oscillating system, he discovered that, over time, the two devices began to oscillate in unison, or synchronize.
 
This coupled system could provide the basis for non-Boolean computing. Shukla worked with Suman Datta, professor of electrical engineering, and co-advisor Roman Engel-Herbert, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, Penn State. 

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-05-16
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With computers being integrated into so many devices that a part of our daily life - at home and at work- any progress in this area is bound to have a big effect. And I believe for the better Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-05-16
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Brain functions and computing have been linked in research for quite some time - and some very big funds invested. I hope that more results are coming Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-05-17
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Brain functions and computing have been linked in research for quite some time - and some very big funds invested. I hope that more results are coming Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-06-23
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he doesn't want to compromise his seutciry? Got news for you Mensa, you've been using the cloud for years and no single company owns it. We don't care about your ignorant posts. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-12-26
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I'm not easily imdsserep. . . but that's impressing me! :) Reply


 

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