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Feature Article

Feature Article

Decoupled Control and Data Processing for Approximate Near-Threshold-Voltage Computing

As device voltage is reduced in order to reduce system power, circuit reliability may be degraded. This article by Akturk, Kim, and Karpuzko in IEEE Micro Magazine proposes to design a processor so that error-tolerant data processing can be operated using low-power cores, while high-reliability cores are reserved for less error-tolerant control algorithms. This provides an example of Heterogeneous Computing, which is also the topic of other articles in this special issue.

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Technology Spotlight

Technology Spotlight

Brain-Inspired Computing at Qualcomm

Qualcomm has introduced a cognitive computing chip, Zeroth, which enables deep learning in a low-power platform suitable for cell phones. Matt Grob, the CTO of Qualcomm, describes some of the capabilities of this new Neural Processing Unit (NPU) as applied to robot control, image recognition, and Big Data processing.

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For further information on Cognitive Computing on the Zeroth Platform, see here