Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Tragoudas, Spyros


The Winner-Take-All (WTA) is an essential neural network operation for locating the most active neuron. Such a procedure has been extensively used in larger application areas. The Winner-Take-All circuit selects the maximum of the inputs inhibiting all other nodes. The efficiency of the analog circuits may well be considerably higher than the digital circuits. Also, analog circuits’ design footprint and processing time can be significantly small. A current-based Winner-Take-All circuit for analog neural networks is presented in this research. A compare and pass (CAP) mechanism has been used, where each input pair is compared, and the winner is selected and passed to another level. The inputs are compared by a sense amplifier which generates high and low voltage signals at the output node. The voltage signal of the sense amplifier is used to select the winner and passed to another level using logic gates. Also, each winner follows a sequence of digital bits to be selected. The findings of the SPICE simulation are also presented. The simulation results on the MNIST, Fashion-MNIST, and CIFAR10 datasets for the memristive deep neural network model show the significantly accurate result of the winner class with an average difference of input and selected winner output current of 0.00795uA, 0.01076uA and 0.02364uA respectively. The experimental result with transient noise analysis is also presented.

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