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A dynamic associative processor for machine vision applications

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2 Author(s)
Herrmann, F.P. ; Dept. of Electr. Eng. & Comput. Sci., MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA ; Sodini, C.G.

The use of massively parallel associative processors as coprocessors for accelerating machine vision applications is considered. They achieve very fine granularity, as every word of memory functions as a simple processing element. A dense, dynamic, content-addressable memory cell supports fully parallel operation, and pitch-matched word logic improves arithmetic performance with minimal area cost. An asynchronous reconfigurable mesh network handles interprocessor communication and image input/output, and an area-efficient pass-transistor circuit counts and prioritizes responders. Some applications are discussed.<>

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Micro, IEEE  (Volume:12 ,  Issue: 3 )