Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 16 (NIPS 2003)
Z. Shi, Timothy Horiuchi
Synapses are a critical element of biologically-realistic, spike-based neu- ral computation, serving the role of communication, computation, and modiﬁcation. Many different circuit implementations of synapse func- tion exist with different computational goals in mind. In this paper we describe a new CMOS synapse design that separately controls quiescent leak current, synaptic gain, and time-constant of decay. This circuit im- plements part of a commonly-used kinetic model of synaptic conduc- tance. We show a theoretical analysis and experimental data for proto- types fabricated in a commercially-available 1.5µm CMOS process.