Analog VLSI Implementation of Neural Systems

  • Carver Mead
  • Mohammed Ismail

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Christopher R. Carroll
    Pages 1-26
  3. John Harris, Christof Koch, Jin Luo, John Wyatt
    Pages 27-55
  4. Eric A. Vittoz, Xavier Arreguit
    Pages 57-83
  5. John Lazzaro, Carver Mead
    Pages 85-101
  6. Steven Bibyk, Mohammed Ismail
    Pages 103-133
  7. Paul Mueller, Jan van der Spiegel, David Blackman, Timothy Chiu, Thomas Clare, Christopher Donham et al.
    Pages 135-169
  8. T. Delbrück
    Pages 171-188
  9. J. Van der Spiegel, G. Kreider, C. Claeys, I. Debusschere, G. Sandini, P. Dario et al.
    Pages 189-211
  10. M. A. Mahowald, T. Delbrück
    Pages 213-238
  11. Carver Mead
    Pages 239-246
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 247-248

About this book


This volume contains the proceedings of a workshop on Analog Integrated Neural Systems held May 8, 1989, in connection with the International Symposium on Circuits and Systems. The presentations were chosen to encompass the entire range of topics currently under study in this exciting new discipline. Stringent acceptance requirements were placed on contributions: (1) each description was required to include detailed characterization of a working chip, and (2) each design was not to have been published previously. In several cases, the status of the project was not known until a few weeks before the meeting date. As a result, some of the most recent innovative work in the field was presented. Because this discipline is evolving rapidly, each project is very much a work in progress. Authors were asked to devote considerable attention to the shortcomings of their designs, as well as to the notable successes they achieved. In this way, other workers can now avoid stumbling into the same traps, and evolution can proceed more rapidly (and less painfully). The chapters in this volume are presented in the same order as the corresponding presentations at the workshop. The first two chapters are concerned with fmding solutions to complex optimization problems under a predefmed set of constraints. The first chapter reports what is, to the best of our knowledge, the first neural-chip design. In each case, the physics of the underlying electronic medium is used to represent a cost function in a natural way, using only nearest-neighbor connectivity.


CCD CMOS Hardware Sensor Stereo VLSI analog computer optimization physics

Editors and affiliations

  • Carver Mead
    • 1
  • Mohammed Ismail
    • 2
  1. 1.California Institute of TechnologyUSA
  2. 2.Ohio State UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-8905-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-1639-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0893-3405
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