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Accenture, Airbus, GE and Hitachi Join Intel Neuromorphic Research Community

November 18, 2019
Accenture, Airbus, GE and Hitachi Join Intel Neuromorphic Research Community
Accenture, Airbus, GE and Hitachi Join Intel Neuromorphic Research Community

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 18, 2019--

What’s New: Today, Intel announced the first corporate members – Accenture, Airbus, GE and Hitachi – to join the fast-growing Intel Neuromorphic Research Community (INRC). The INRC has tripled in size over the past year and now has more than 75 organizations, spanning leading universities around the world, government labs, neuromorphic startup companies, and now several Fortune Global 500 members.

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Members of the Intel Neuromorphic Research Community share research progress and results at the group’s October 2019 fall workshop in Graz, Austria. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

“Our collaborators around the world have made great progress on pioneering the basic tools, algorithms and methods needed to make Intel’s neuromorphic technology useful. We are now encouraging commercially oriented groups to join the community, and we are thrilled to welcome our first large corporate members to help push the technology forward. These groups bring important perspectives, ideas and challenges that can help advance the research from lab bench to real-world applications.”
–Mike Davies, director of Intel’s Neuromorphic Computing Lab

Why It’s Important: While neuromorphic computing is still in its infancy, the technology is gaining momentum, driven forward by companies large and small around the globe. If all technical challenges are solved in the next few years, analysts forecast the neuromorphic computing market could rise from $69 million in 2024 to $5 billion in 2029 – and $21.3 billion in 2034 1.

Intel’s Role: Intel created the INRC – bringing together leading researchers from academia, industry and government – to collaboratively tackle the challenges facing the field of neuromorphic computing. The addition of the first Fortune Global 500 members reflects a growing commercial interest in the technology, as well as the advancing maturity of the field for solving artificial intelligence (AI) problems that are not well suited to conventional deep learning methods. By mimicking the adaptive behavior of natural neural networks, neuromorphic technology promises to provide great gains in computing performance and energy efficiency for demanding applications, ranging from robotics to smart manufacturing to brain-computer interfaces.

Accenture, Airbus, GE and Hitachi are joining forces with Intel and other INRC members to create proof-of-concept applications that will bring the most value to their businesses. Intel will leverage the insights that come from this customer-centric research to inform the designs of future processors and systems. These engagements will ensure Intel remains strategically positioned at the forefront of neuromorphic technology commercialization.

What New Members are Researching:

How the INRC Has Grown: Launched in 2018, the INRC is dedicated to developing and accelerating the capabilities of neuromorphic computing across commercial and academic environments. The community now comprises more than 75 groups from 17 countries, which is a three-times increase since last year.

More Information: Researchers interested in participating in the INRC and developing for Loihi can visit the Intel Neuromorphic Research Community website. A list of current members can also be found at the site.

More Context:Intel Labs (Press Kit) | How Neuromorphic Computing Uses the Human Brain as a Model (YouTube Video)

About Intel

Intel (NASDAQ: INTC), a leader in the semiconductor industry, is shaping the data-centric future with computing and communications technology that is the foundation of the world’s innovations. The company’s engineering expertise is helping address the world’s greatest challenges as well as helping secure, power and connect billions of devices and the infrastructure of the smart, connected world – from the cloud to the network to the edge and everything in between. Find more information about Intel at newsroom.intel.com and intel.com.

1 I-Micronews: “Neuromorphic Sensing and Computing 2019,” September 2019.

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