Continuous-time hybrid computation with programmable nonlinearities

Ning Guo, Yipeng Huang, Tao Mai, Sharvil Patil, Chi Cao, Mingoo Seok, Simha Sethumadhavan, Yannis Tsividis

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We present the first continuous-time hybrid computing unit in 65nm CMOS, capable of solving nonlinear differential equations up to 4th order, and scalable to higher orders. Arbitrary nonlinear functions used in such equations are implemented by a programmable clockless continuous-time 8b hybrid architecture (ADC+SRAM+DAC) with activity-dependent power dissipation. We also demonstrate the use of the unit in a low-power cyber-physical systems application.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationESSCIRC 2015 - Proceedings of the 41st European Solid-State Circuits Conference
EditorsFranz Dielacher, Wolfgang Pribyl, Gernot Hueber
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781467374705
StatePublished - Oct 30 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event41st European Solid-State Circuits Conference, ESSCIRC 2015 - Graz, Austria
Duration: Sep 14 2015Sep 18 2015

Publication series

NameEuropean Solid-State Circuits Conference
ISSN (Print)1930-8833


Conference41st European Solid-State Circuits Conference, ESSCIRC 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • continuous-time computation
  • hybrid computation
  • nonlinear differential equation
  • nonlinear function generation


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