Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

A mixed-signal architecture for high complexity CMOS fuzzy controllers

Rafael Navas González, Fernando Vidal Verdú, Ángel Rodríguez-Vázquez


Analog circuits provide better area/power efficiency than their digital counterparts for low-medium precision requirements [1]. This limit in precision, as well as the lack of design tools when compared to the
digital approach, imposes a limit of complexity, hence fuzzy analog controllers are usually oriented to fast low-power systems with low-medium complexity. This paper presents a strategy to preserve most
of the advantages of an analog implementation, while allowing a notorious increment of the system complexity.
Such strategy consists in implementing a reduced number of rules, those that really determine the output in a lattice controller, which we call analog core, then this core is dynamically programmed to
perform the computation related to a specific rule set. The data to program the analog core are stored in a memory, and
constitutes the whole knowledge base in a kind of virtual rule set. An example 64-rule,
2-input, 4-bit singleton controller has been designed in a CMOS 0.7$\mu$mm technology to demonstrate the viability
of the architecture. The measured input-output delay is around 500ns for a power consumption of 16mW and a chip area (without pads) of 2.65mm$^2$.

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