Strategic Elements developing brain-inspired printable computer hardware
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Special Report: Tech innovation company Strategic Elements is working on a printed nanocube technology that combines computing and memory in one place – mimicking the human brain.
Strategic Elements (ASX:SOR) is developing Nanocube Memory Ink, a revolutionary transparent ink that contains billions of tiny cube-shaped particles. When printed on a surface and assembled with electrodes they operate as computer memory.
“Many in the memory technology sector believe that the future of computing will not be about cramming more components on a chip but in rethinking processor architecture from the ground up to emulate how a brain efficiently processes information,” Strategic Elements claims.
Nanocube Memory works to combine data storage and processing abilities – a key to neuromorphic computing.
The technology can potentially store a range of values, rather than just a traditional zero and one, similar to the varying strength of a connection between two biological synapses.
Changing these synaptic weights in artificial synapses in neuromorphic computing is one way to allow a brain-based system to achieve self-learning, Strategic Elements says.
There’s another benefit as well.
Storing and processing data within the same component reduces latency and power consumption, as information does not need to be sent between the memory and processing unit.
Strategic Elements announced on Wednesday that testing by the University of New South Wales has confirmed the potential of its technology.
While the nanionics laboratory is shut down for the holidays it will reopen the first week of January, and Strategic Elements says it expects to report more early-stage research during the first quarter of 2021.
Meanwhile work on the pooled development fund’s other projects are continuing apace.
SOR recently completed a scale-up of its Battery Ink technology, which work by harvesting humidity from the air that they use to self-charge. The technology could be used for a number of commercial opportunities within the global Internet of Things (IoT) market, including wearable electronic devices such as heart rate monitors and calorie counters.
That research is progressing well and Strategic Elements expects to announce more information on the project in January.
The company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Stealth Technologies, in October extended its partnership with NYSE-listed conglomerate Honeywell as the two sides work together to develop an Autonomous Security Vehicle for the correctional justice sector.
An ASV is currently under development with the Western Australian Department of Justice’s Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison.
Recent research shows the global data perimeter security market is big business, expected to grow steadily over the next five years to reach almost $US300bn in size by 2025.
CEO Charles Murphy says the Pooled Development Fund is also on the lookout for new high-risk, high-reward investment opportunities, particularly in the fast-growing data sector.
This article was developed in collaboration with Strategic Elements, a Stockhead advertiser at the time of publishing.
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