ReckOn - Charlotte Frenkel

Learn about Charlotte Frenkel's neuromorphic hardware: ReckOn

ReckOn At A Glance

Announced Date: 2022-02-01
Release Date: 2022-02-01
Status: Released
Chip Type: Digital
Neurons: 256
Synapses: 256
Weight bits: 8
Activation bits: 16
On-Chip Learning: true
Power: 20µW - 150µW (from real-time to accelerated-time learning) at 0.5V
Applications: Task-agnostic learning over second-long timescales at the extreme edge

ReckOn demonstrates, for the first time, end-to-end on-chip learning over second-long timescales (no external memory accesses, no pre-training). It is based on a bio-inspired alternative to backpropagation through time (BPTT), the e-prop training algorithm, which has been modified to reduce the memory overhead required for training to only 0.8% of the equivalent inference-only design. This allows for a low-cost solution with a 0.45-mm² core area and a <50-µW power budget at 0.5V for real-time learning in 28-nm FDSOI CMOS, which is suitable for an always-on deployment at the extreme edge. Furthermore, similarly to the brain, ReckOn exploits the sensor-agnostic property of spike-based information. Combined with code-agnostic e-prop-based training, this leads to a task-agnostic learning chip that is demonstrated on vision, audition and navigation tasks.

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Overview

ReckOn, a spiking recurrent neural network (RNN) processor, enables on-chip learning over second-long timescales using a modified e-prop algorithm. Developed by Charlotte Frenkel at the Institute of Neuroinformatics, and fabricated in 28-nm FDSOI CMOS, it was presented at the 2022 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), marking it as the first spiking neuromorphic chip at this forum. Distinctively, ReckOn demonstrates on-device learning for extended durations on real-world tasks without external memory, a notable advancement in neuromorphic computing. The processor is fully open-source and has been applied in gesture recognition, keyword spotting, and navigation, adaptable to various spike-encoded sensory modalities. While the actual chips are not commercially available, ReckOn can be implemented on small-scale FPGAs. The design, primarily self-contained with input and output layers, does not support multi-core large-scale integrations but can be adapted for such purposes. Documentation and Verilog source files are accessible at https://github.com/ChFrenkel/ReckOn/ .

DateTitleAuthorsVenue/Source
March 2022ReckOn: A 28nm sub-mm² task-agnostic spiking recurrent neural network processor enabling on-chip learning over second-long timescalesC. Frenkel and G. IndiveriIEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC)
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