IBM announces its most brainlike computer chip

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WASHINGTON — A computer that works like a brain has been the holy grail of data processing. This past week, IBM announced a flying leap in the right direction in Science Magazine. Called TrueNorth, the new chip throws away the traditional rules of chip design in favor of a neuromorphic model. The chip, IBM researchers wrote, will help computers handle tasks such as image and voice recognition with the alacrity of humans.

But the chips can be linked together to create more powerful circuits.