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Boltzmann machine neuron circuit using single-electron tunneling

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2 Author(s)
Akazawa, Masamichi ; Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Kita 13, Nishi 8, Sapporo 060, Japan ; Amemiya, Y.

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The inherent stochastic character of single-electron tunneling can be effectively utilized for creating novel electronic circuits having high-level functions. As a sample application, we present a stochastic-response circuit for implementing Boltzmann machine neurons. The circuit consists of a single-electron circuit operating under unstable conditions. It can produce an output of a random 1–0 bit stream with the probability for an output of 1 controlled by an input signal—a task that is difficult for conventional circuits using ordinary electronic devices. © 1997 American Institute of Physics.

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Applied Physics Letters  (Volume:70 ,  Issue: 5 )