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Image Object Recognition Processor

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Department of Defense
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1994 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Tanner Research Inc.
825 S. Myrtle Ave. Monrovia, CA 91016-3424
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1994
Title: Image Object Recognition Processor
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $69,976.00


We propose to design and fabricate a high-performance convolver integrated circuit, that can be coupled to a digital stochastic neural network classifier. Our architecture is optimized for image processing, and has a predicted single-chip performance of 50 billion multiply/accumulates per second. Unlike competing neural network integrated circuits, this throughput can be maintained with realistic chip I/O bandwidth. This high performance is achieved at the architecture level by exploiting massive parallelism in computing several convolution kernels simultaneously, and at the circuit level by using compact mulitplying D/A converters (MDACs) and analog current summing. We propose to research and develop custom integrated circuits that will support the construction of large, high performance neural networks. Our Phase I effort will include the design AND FABRICATION of a small-scale prototype CMOS integrated circuit to prove the feasibility of our development. Our approach will utilize commercial CMOS/bulk integrated circuit technology; products arising from this R&D can be fabricated reliably and economically by a number of vendors. We have previously demonstrated components for the core technology, and propose to augment the architecture with support for real-time, on-chip learning algorithms. The proposed research applies our expertise in mixed-signal design techniques and neural network architectures.

Principal Investigator:

Massimo Sivilotti

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Tanner Research, Inc.
180 North Vinedo Avenue Pasadena, CA 91107

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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No