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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. doi:10.7907/5ph3-1w81.


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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ID Code:3269
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Deposited On:30 Aug 2007
Last Modified:16 Apr 2021 22:29

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