Constraint satisfaction modules : a methodology for analog circuit design
Author(s)Mitros, Piotr, 1979-
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Gerald Jay Sussman and Thomas F. Knight, Jr.
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This dissertation describes a methodology for solving convex constraint problems using analog circuits. It demonstrates how this methodology can be used to design circuits that solve function-fitting problems through iterated gradient descent. In particular, it shows how to build a small circuit that can model a nonlinearity by observation, and predistort to compensate for this nonlinearity. The system fits into a broader effort to investigate non-traditional approaches to circuit design. First, it breaks the traditional input-output abstraction barrier; all ports are bidirectional. Second, it uses a different methodology for proving system stability with local rather than global properties. Such stability arguments can be scaled to much more complex systems than traditional stability criteria.
Thesis (Ph. D.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2007.Includes bibliographical references (p. 119-122).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.