This paper proposes a silicon neuron circuit which uses a slow-variable controlled leakage term to extend the repertoire of spiking patterns achievable in an integrate and fire model. The simulations reveal the potential of the circuit to provide a wide variety of neuron firing patterns observed in neocortex, including adapting and non-adapting, regular spiking, fast spiking, bursting, chattering, etc. The firing patterns of basic cell classes are obtained with a simple adjustment of four biasing voltages. The circuit operates in the sub-threshold regime, with time constants similar to biological neurons, and hence is suitable for use in systems requiring such operating speeds. Envisaged applications of the proposed circuit are in large-scale analogue VLSI systems for spiking neural network simulations, brain-inspired circuits for robotics and hybrid silicon/biology systems. ©2009 IEEE.
|Title of host publication||2009 IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference, BioCAS 2009|IEEE Biomed. Circuits Syst. Conf., BioCAS|
|Number of pages||3|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
|Event||2009 IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference, BioCAS 2009 - Beijing|
Duration: 1 Jul 2009 → …
|Conference||2009 IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference, BioCAS 2009|
|Period||1/07/09 → …|