Memristor-based Brain-like Morphware Processing Technology

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,917.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W15QKN-13-C-0034
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
A123-106-0048
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
A123-106
Solicitation Number:
2012.3
Small Business Information
Electro-Optics Systems Division, 1845 West 205th Street, Torrance, CA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
153865951
Principal Investigator:
Vladimir Esterkin
Director, Integrated Electronics
(310) 320-3088
EOSProposals@poc.com
Business Contact:
Gordon Drew
Chief Financial Officer
(310) 320-3088
gedrew@poc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
To address the Army"s need for a high-performance, low power bio-inspired parallel processor, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new highly reconfigurable Memristor-based Brain-like Morphware Processing (BRAINWARE) technology for implementation in upcoming military cognitive processing system and communication platforms. Based on solid-state memristors, mixed-signal silicon neurons and low-power clockless system architecture, the proposed technology offers an entirely new way of implementing high-performance massively parallel high-speed processing capability, crucial to replace today"s high power supercomputing systems. These bio-inspired innovations in BRAINWARE architecture coupled with clockless (asynchronous) system design enable extremely low power field-reconfigurable signal/image processing and control technology. In addition, the BRAINWARE-based processors offer unprecedented capabilities: immediate sleep and wake-up function, low noise and electromagnetic emission and high resistance to hardware attack. In Phase I, POC will define the specifications, develop architecture of the BRAINWARE-based generic neuromorphic processing elements with dual analog/digital capabilities and dynamically reconfigurable synapses, and demonstrate BRAINWARE technology feasibility. We expect that at the end of Phase II, a BRAINWARE technology system prototype with processing power equivalent to fifty million neurons and occupies less than fifteen cubic centimeters will reach technology readiness level (TRL) 5 and will be ready for initial testing for Army use.

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