Artificial synapses could lead to advanced computer memory and machines that mimic biological brains.
In a step toward computers that mimic the parallel processing of complex biological brains, researchers from HRL Laboratories, LLC, and the University of Michigan have built a type of artificial synapse.
They have demonstrated the first functioning "memristor" array stacked on a conventional complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) circuit. Memristors combine the functions of memory and logic like the synapses of biological brains.
The results of their research are published online and appear in Nano Letters ("A Functional Hybrid Memristor Crossbar-Array/CMOS System for Data Storage and Neuromorphic Applications").