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18 April 2003 Programmable retinal dynamics in a CMOS mixed-signal array processor chip
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Proceedings Volume 5119, Bioengineered and Bioinspired Systems; (2003)
Event: Microtechnologies for the New Millennium 2003, 2003, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain
The retina is responsible of the treatment of visual information at early stages. Visual stimuli generate patterns of activity that are transmitted through its layered structure up to the ganglion cells that interface it to the optical nerve. In this trip of micrometers, information is sustained by continuous signals that interact in excitatory and inhibitory ways. This low-level processing compresses the relevant information of the images to a manageable size. The behavior of the more external layers of the biological retina has been successfully modelled within the Cellular Neural Network framework. Interactions between cells are realized on a local basic. Each cell interacts with its nearest neighbors and every cell in the same layer follows the same interconnection pattern. Intra- and inter-layer interactions are continuous in magnitude and time. The evolution of the network can be described by a set of coupled nonlinear differential equations. A mixed-signal VLSI implementation of focal-plane low-level image processing based upon this biological model constitutes a feasible and cost effective alternative to conventional digital processing in real-time applications. A CMOS Programmable Array Processor prototype chip has been designed and fabricated in a standard technology. It has been successfully tested, validating the proposed design techniques. The integrated system consists of a network of 2 coupled layers, containing 32×32 elementary processors, running at different time constants. Involved image processing algorithms can be programmed on this chip by tuning the appropriate interconnection weights, internally coded as analog but programmed via a digital interface. Propagative, active wave phenomena and retina-lake effects can be observed in this chip. Low-level image processing tasks for early vision applications can be developed based on these high-order dynamics.
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Ricardo A. Carmona, Francisco Jose Jimenez-Garrido, Rafael Dominguez-Castro, Servando Espejo, and Angel Rodriguez-Vazquez "Programmable retinal dynamics in a CMOS mixed-signal array processor chip", Proc. SPIE 5119, Bioengineered and Bioinspired Systems, (18 April 2003);


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