Build brains

Nengo is a complete brain maker. In other words, Nengo allows you to develop and run models with deep learning, online learning, static weights, simple linear neurons, complex spiking neurons, and everything in-between.

You can use Nengo to implement pretty much anything: DNNs, CNNs, attractor networks, adaptive motor controllers, SLAM networks, cognitive systems, you name it. It’s used in industry and academia to develop state-of-the-art neural networks – to build brains.

Nengo is unique in its ability to put your neural application on a wide variety of hardware – including the latest neuromorphic hardware. Compile your model to run on CPUs, GPUs, FPGAs, supercomputers running MPI, the latest Loihi neuromorphic chip from Intel, or research neuromorphic chips like SpiNNaker.

Nengo is free for individuals and academic research. For commercial licenses, please contact us.

Nengo features

Easy-to-use GUI
Easy-to-use GUI
8 different hardware backends
8 different hardware backends
Built-in AI libraries
Built-in AI libraries
Extensive documentation
Extensive documentation
Try it free

Example models

Explore dozens of examples and tutorials made with the Nengo brain creator.

Open development

Start working with Nengo today! Explore the code and follow the project on Github.

Commercial licenses

Nengo is free to try for individuals and academic research. To discuss a commercial license, contact us today.


Solve problems with custom Nengo solutions

Nengo backends

Let us build a backend for your neuromorphic hardware. You will gain access to hundreds of Nengo models that can be immediately deployed in your ecosystem.

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New neuromorphic tools

Let us extend Nengo to include a new tool for your team. Automate model building, convert non-spiking to spiking networks, visualize complex time-varying data and more.

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Nengo was used to create Spaun, the world’s largest functional brain model, combining many different kinds of models into a single comprehensive whole. It can see, write, reason, and follow simple commands. Spaun has been featured in hundreds of media stories from around the world. Right now we consider it research, based on the book “How to Build a Brain,” but it hints at the power and flexibility of Nengo.