IBM used AMD’s other, not-so-secret weapon to deliver another brain-like chip – NorthPole is faster and uses less power than Nvidia’s best AI GPU and it’s just the beginning

IBM’s NorthPole chip – nearly a decade in the making – goes from strength to strength and has reached a new milestone: Researchers have published a series of fantastic benchmark results in the journal Science.

The 12nm chip, built on the TrueNorth architecture, is 25 times more energy efficient than commonly used 12nm GPUs and 14nm CPUs. This is consistent with tests on the ResNet-50 model and was measured as the number of frames interpreted per joule of power.