This paper presents an analog image recognition system with a novel MESFET device fabricated on a fully depleted (FD) CMOS process. An analog image recognition system with a power consumption of 2.4 mW/cell and a settling time of 6.5 ls was designed, fabricated and characterized. ACNNis employed to realize a core cell of the proposed image recognition system. While a CNN benefits from its regular structure, it faces challenges due to its power consumption, speed, and size in their CMOS implementations. SOS MESFETs can deal with the challenges associated with CMOS-based CNNs. Advantages of SOS MESFETs associated with nonlinear signal processing include lower power consumption and higher operating speeds compared to similar geometry MOSFETs carrying the same current. SOS MESFET- based analog image recognition systems were fabricated and the transient response is characterized in both simulation using a TOM3 SPICE model extracted from SOS MESFETs and in experiment using image testing lab equipment. Settling times of 3.5 and 6.5 ls for one-by-four and one-by-eight arrays, respectively, were achieved with line recognition template. The corresponding power consumption for the two arrays was 9.6 and 19.2 mW, respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)485-494
Number of pages10
JournalAnalog Integrated Circuits and Signal Processing
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1 2012


  • Analog image recognition
  • Cellular neural networks
  • Silicon-on-sapphire

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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