Address Event Representation (AER) is an emergent neuromorphic interchip communication protocol that allows a
real-time virtual massive connectivity between huge number neurons, located on different chips. By exploiting high
speed digital communication circuits (with nano-seconds timings), synaptic neural connections can be time multiplexed,
while neural activity signals (with mili-seconds timings) are sampled at low frequencies. Also, neurons generate
"events" according to their activity levels. More active neurons generate more events per unit time, and access the
interchip communication channel more frequently, while neurons with low activity consume less communication
bandwidth. When building multi-chip muti-layered AER systems, it is absolutely necessary to have a computer interface
that allows (a) reading AER interchip traffic into the computer and visualizing it on the screen, and (b) converting
conventional frame-based video stream in the computer into AER and injecting it at some point of the AER structure.
This is necessary for test and debugging of complex AER systems. In the other hand, the use of a commercial personal
computer implies to depend on software tools and operating systems that can make the system slower and un-robust.
This paper addresses the problem of communicating several AER based chips to compose a powerful processing
system. The problem was discussed in the Neuromorphic Engineering Workshop of 2006. The platform is based
basically on an embedded computer, a powerful FPGA and serial links, to make the system faster and be stand alone
(independent from a PC). A new platform is presented that allow to connect up to eight AER based chips to a Spartan 3
4000 FPGA. The FPGA is responsible of the network communication based in Address-Event and, at the same time, to
map and transform the address space of the traffic to implement a pre-processing. A MMU microprocessor (Intel
XScale 400MHz Gumstix Connex computer) is also connected to the FPGA to allow the platform to implement eventbased
algorithms to interact to the AER system, like control algorithms, network connectivity, USB support, etc. The
LVDS transceiver allows a bandwidth of up to 1.32 Gbps, around ~66 Mega events per second (Mevps).