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VLSI CMOS Memristor Building Blocks for Future Neuromorphic Processors

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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2013 / STTR
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M. Alexander Nugent Consulting
22B Stacy Rd Santa Fe, NM -
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Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: VLSI CMOS Memristor Building Blocks for Future Neuromorphic Processors
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8750-13-C-0031
Award Amount: $749,674.00


ABSTRACT: Both civilian and military personnel live in a world awash in information while our military commands reconnaissance and weapons platforms of all shapes and sizes over a global and increasingly congested theater. We need new technology to help us sort, prioritize, make sense, and act on the growing streams of information. In Phase 1 we have proven feasible a core CMOS+Memristor circuit capable of supporting larger neuromorphic processors with applications in perceptual encoding, classification and planning. In Phase II we are developing the processors by providing a rigorous mapping between low-level CMOS+Memristor circuit simulations and high-level functional models that describe them. We will then use the functional models to build a software-based Neural Engine API which we will benchmark against existing systems. BENEFIT: Commercial applications for our Neural Engine API include replacements for existing pattern classification systems to include real-time adaptation for use in biomedical applications particularly high-throughput automation, image processing for surveillance, cyber intrusion detection, document classification, fault detection and quality control in manufacturing, and others. Commercial applications for our CMOS+Memristor neural processors include integrated sensory motor processing for UAV's and autonomous vehicles, large-scale weapons allocation, large-scale data fusion and others.

Principal Investigator:

Alex Nugent
(505) 988-7016

Business Contact:

Hillary Riggs
Administrative Manager
(505) 955-0998
Small Business Information at Submission:

M. Alexander Nugent Consulting
22B Stacy Rd Santa Fe, NM -

EIN/Tax ID: 525732865
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Virtual Structures Research
122204 St. James Rd.
Potomac, MD 20854-
Contact: Yan Yufik
Contact Phone: (301) 279-0213