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The resonant tunneling diode (RTD) has found numerous applications in high-speed digital and analog circuits due to the key advantages associated with its folded back negative differential resistance (NDR) current-voltage (I-V) characteristics as well as its extremely small switching capacitance. Recently, the RTD has also been employed to implement high-speed and compact cellular neural/nonlinear networks (CNNs) by exploiting its quantum tunneling induced nonlinearity and symmetrical I-V characteristics for both positive and negative voltages applied across the anode and cathode terminals of the RTD. This paper proposes an RTD-based CNN architecture and investigates its operation through driving-point-plot analysis, stability and settling time study, and circuit simulation. Full-array simulation of a 128 times 128 RTD-based CNN for several image processing functions is performed using the Quantum Spice simulator designed at the University of Michigan, where the RTD is represented in SPICE simulator by a physics based model derived by solving Schrodinger's and Poisson's equations self-consistently. A comparative study between different CNN implementations reveals that the RTD-based CNN can be designed superior to conventional CMOS technologies in terms of integration density, operating speed, and functionality.
Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:17 , Issue: 4 )
Date of Publication: April 2009