30 May 1995 Digital characterization of a neuromorphic IRFPA
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This paper reports on the performance of the Neuromorphic IRFPA, the first IRFPA designed and fabricated to conduct temporal and spatial processing on the focal plane. The Neuromorphic IRFPA's unique on-chip processing capability can perform retina-like functions such as lateral inhibition and contrast enhancement, spatial and temporal filtering, image compression and edge enhancement, and logarithmic response. Previously, all evaluations of the Neuromorphic IRFPA camera have been performed on the analog video output. In the work leading up to this paper, the Neuromorphic was integrated to a digital recorder to collect quantitative laboratory and field data. This paper describes the operation and characterization of specific on-chip processes such as spatial and temporal kernel size control. The use of Neuromorphic on-chip processing in future IRFPAs is analyzed as applied to improving SNR via adaptive nonuniformity, charge handling, and dynamic range problems.
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John T. Caulfield, John T. Caulfield, John Fisher, John Fisher, Jerome A. Zadnik, Jerome A. Zadnik, Ernest S. Mak, Ernest S. Mak, Dean A. Scribner, Dean A. Scribner, } "Digital characterization of a neuromorphic IRFPA", Proc. SPIE 2474, Smart Focal Plane Arrays and Focal Plane Array Testing, (30 May 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.210564; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.210564


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