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Experiments in very large-scale analog computation


Kerns, Douglas A. (1993) Experiments in very large-scale analog computation. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology.


The easy and inexpensive availability of microelectronic prototype fabrication allows us to perform many kinds of experiments in the construction of electronic computational machinery. There has been a recent resurgence in analog computation in various guises: electronic implementations of neural networks, other kinds of neuromorphic circuits, and electronic simulations of various physical systems.

This text documents a set of experiments in analog computation in silicon, and includes a short discussion of the relative advantages of analog vs digital computation. The most generally useful result of the work is the development of a set of techniques that allow analog circuits to automatically trim themselves, turning marginal components into devices of good precision.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Electrical Engineering
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Hopfield, John J. (advisor)
  • Mead, Carver (co-advisor)
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:30 September 1992
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-08292007-100152
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Default Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:3269
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Deposited On:30 Aug 2007
Last Modified:02 Dec 2020 02:13

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