2010: The Year in Innovation

Plamen Petkov
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A Chip That Computes Based on Probability

For more than half a century, computers have processed information using a language of zeros and ones. Lyric Semiconductor has developed a computer chip that also uses values that fall between zero and one. As a result, the chip can process information using probabilities, considering many possible answers to find the best fit. The powerful chip could speed up online searches, spam filtering, and even the analysis of human genome sequencing. Lyric's first product is expected to appear in consumer electronics within two years. Read more.