The Vote Tallying Chip: A Custom Integrated Circuit.
ROCHESTER UNIV NY DEPT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE
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A custom integrated circuit with applications to computer vision has been designed and fabricated. It is the first generation of a series of circuits that can act as specialized hardware for finding maxima in a distribution that is constructed by vote tallying. Many applications in artificial intelligence use peaks of histograms or areas of high density in distribution as the basis for decisions. This series of designs is meant to operate in those domains where histograms are constructed by tallying samples. The current design simply constructs the histogram given a stream of samples. An extension of content addressable memory is used to tally the samples. The design has been made fast by extensive use of pipelining. Keywords include VLSI, Hough Transform, Cluster Analysis, Histogram, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, and Systollic Array.
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