Event recognition hardware based on neuron MOS soft-computing circuits

T. Shibata, Y. Yamashita, M. Konda, T. Morimoto, T. Ohmi

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Neuron MOS transistor (neuMOS or vMOS) mimicking the fundamental behavior of neurons at a primitive device level allows the implementation of intelligent functions directly on the integrated circuit hardware. Based on the vMOS technology a real-time event recognition system has been developed. A neuron MOS association processor searches for the event in the past memory having the maximum similarity to the current event presented to the system. This is based on Manhattan-distance calculation and the minimum distance search by a winner-take-all (WTA) circuitry. The computation is carried out directly on the hardware in a fully parallel architecture. A unique floating-gate analog EEPROM technology has been developed to build a vast memory system storing past events in multi-valued vectors. Test circuits of key subsystems were fabricated by a double-polysilicon CMOS process and their operation was verified by measurements as well as by simulation. The vMOS circuit operation is characterized by analog computation directly conducted on an electrically floating node which is immediately followed by the thresholding action of a transistor to yield a binary decision. vMOS circuits would provide an opportunity for a very flexible soft computing scheme, while preserving the rigorous nature of digital processing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)415-429
Number of pages15
JournalComputers and Electrical Engineering
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1997 Nov 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Associative memory
  • CMOS
  • Manhattan distance
  • Neuron MOS transistor
  • Recognition
  • Vector quantization
  • Winner-take-all

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science(all)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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