Winner-take-all-based visual motion sensors

Erhan Özalevli, Paul Hasler, Charles M Higgins

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We present a novel analog VLSI implementation of visual motion computation based on the lateral inhibition and positive feedback mechanisms that are inherent in the hysteretic winner-take-all circuit. By use of an input-dependent bias current and threshold mechanism, the circuit resets itself to prepare for another motion computation. This implementation was inspired by the Barlow-Levick model of direction selectivity in the rabbit retina. Each pixel uses 33 transistors and two small capacitors to detect the direction of motion and can be altered with the addition of six more transistors to measure the interpixel transit time. Simulation results and measurements from fabricated VLSI designs are presented to show the operation of the circuits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)717-721
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II: Express Briefs
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2006



  • Analog VLSI
  • Motion
  • Pixel parallel
  • Vision chips
  • VLSI design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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