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Functionally asynchronous array processor for morphological filtering of greyscale images

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The design of a fine-grain asynchronous VLSI array processor is presented. It demonstrates how asynchronism can be exploited both at functional and architectural levels. A joint algorithm-architecture study that has resulted in the design of a 16×16 processor array is described, and the design flow used to implement both data-paths and control parts is presented. This is based on a standard cell approach that combines differential cascode voltage switch logic blocks and standard CMOS gates. The chip has been fabricated using the CNET/SGS-Thomson 0.5 μm CMOS triple metal layer technology, including 800000 transistors in an area of 8×9 mm2. This allows real-time iterative morphological filtering of grey-scale 256×256 pixels images at ~40 Hz frame rate

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Computers and Digital Techniques, IEE Proceedings -  (Volume:143 ,  Issue: 5 )