Neuralink shows first ASIC waveforms for brain interface

Neuralink shows first ASIC waveforms for brain interface

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By Nick Flaherty

Neuralink in the US has shown the first waveforms produced by its stimulation ASIC on the benchtop.

The custom ASIC supports over 16,000 channels with sufficient voltage and current and the fine control required to restore vision or stimulate muscles in the body, which is something the company says it hopes to do in the future.

The company, owned by Tesla and Twitter owner Elon Musk, has also received approval from the US medical regulator for its first human trials.

The company is developing a brain-computer interface that is fully implantable, cosmetically invisible and designed to let people control a computer or mobile device. The N1 Implant records neural activity through 1024 electrodes distributed across 64 threads. These highly-flexible, ultra-thin threads are key to minimize damage during implantation. It is also developing a robotic system to automate the implanting of the electronics.

“We are excited to share that we have received the FDA’s approval to launch our first-in-human clinical study,” said the company. “This is the result of incredible work by the Neuralink team in close collaboration with the FDA and represents an important first step that will one day allow our technology to help many people. Recruitment is not yet open for our clinical trial. We’ll announce more information on this soon.”

There are several startups in Europe and the US working on brain implant technology, from QV Bioelectronics in the UK to Neuroelectronics in Spain and Synchron in the US, with Bioinduction in the UK already in clinical trials.



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