Multi-chip neuromorphic motion processing

Charles M. Higgins, Christof Koch

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We describe a multi-chip CMOS VLSI visual motion processing system which combines analog circuitry with an asynchronous digital interchip communications protocol to allow more complex motion processing than is possible with all the circuitry in the focal plane. The two basic VLSI building blocks are a sender chip which incorporates a 2D imager array and transmits the position of moving spatial edges, and a receiver chip which computes a 2D optical flow vector field from the edge information. The elementary two-chip motion processing system consisting of a single sender and receiver is first characterized. Subsequently, two three-chip motion processing systems are described. The first such system uses two sender chips to compute the presence of motion only at a particular stereoscopic disparity. The second such system uses two receivers to simultaneously compute a linear and polar topographic mapping of the image plane, resulting in information about image translation, rotation, and expansion. These three-chip systems demonstrate the modularity and flexibility of the multi-chip neuromorphic approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 20th Anniversary Conference on Advanced Research in VLSI, ARVLSI 1999
EditorsStephen P. DeWeerth, D. Scott Wills
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)0769500560, 9780769500560
StatePublished - 1999
Event1999 Conference on Advanced Research in VLSI, ARVLSI 1999 - Atlanta, United States
Duration: Mar 21 1999Mar 24 1999

Publication series

NameProceedings - 20th Anniversary Conference on Advanced Research in VLSI, ARVLSI 1999


Other1999 Conference on Advanced Research in VLSI, ARVLSI 1999
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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