Mixed mode real-time VLSI implementation of a shunting inhibition cellular neural network

Amine Bermak, Abdesselam Bouzerdoum

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In this paper a real-time mixed analog-digital VLSI implementation of a Shunting Inhibition Cellular Neural Network (SICNN) is presented. Unlike the usual VLSI implementation of vision chips, this circuit is based on a mixed analog-digital technology where the processing is realized using current mode analog approach while the cellular neural network topology (size of the window and connectivity) is realized using a modified digital read-out circuit. A significant processing speed-up is achieved using this technique since the window-based processing of the SICNN is realized in analog-domain while reading the pixel using the modified digital read-out circuit. A prototype including a 58 × 58 pixels and the SICNN processor with a programmable user-defined window size of 3 × 3 or 5 × 5 has been designed. The circuit also includes an amplifier and a successive approximation Analogue-to-digital converter. The circuit has been designed using Alcatel CMOS 0.7 μm technology and occupies a silicon area of 11mm2.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)715-723
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Workshop on Signal Processing Systems, SiPS: Design and Implementation
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2000
Event2000 IEEE Workshop on Signal Processing Systems (SIPS 2000) - Lafayette, LA, USA
Duration: 11 Oct 200013 Oct 2000


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