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Published 1988 | public
Journal Article

A silicon model of early visual processing


An analog model of the first stages of retinal processing has been constructed on a single silicon chip. Each photoreceptor computes the logarithm of the incident light intensity. A resistive network is used to compute a spatially smoothed version of the receptor outputs. An amplified difference between the receptor signals and their smoothed counterparts forms a second-order spatial filter. Measured outputs from an experimental 48 × 48 pixel array show many of the characteristics of the bipolar cells in vertebrate retina.

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Copyright © 1988 Pergamon Journals. Received and accepted 5 October 1987.

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