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H. Ymeri, B. Nauwelaers, K. Maex, S. Vandenberghe, D. de, Roest, M. Stucchi [references] [full-text]
Analysis of Coplanar On-Chip Interconnects on Lossy Semiconducting Substrates

In this paper, a method for analysis and modeling of coplanar transmission interconnect lines that are placed on top of silicon-silicon oxide substrates is presented. The potential function is expressed by series expansions in terms of solutions of the Laplace equation for each homogeneous region of layered structure. The expansion coefficients of different series are related to each other and to potentials applied to the conductors via boundary conditions. In the plane of conductors, boundary conditions are satisfied at Nd discrete points with Nd being equal to the number of terms in the series expansions. The resulting system of inhomogeneous linear equations is solved by matrix inversion. No iterations are required. A discussion of the calculated line admittance parameters as functions of width of conductors, thickness of the layers, and frequency is given. The interconnect capacitance and conductance per unit length results are given and compared with those obtained using full wave solutions, and good agreement have been obtained in all the cases treated.

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Z. Tobes, Z. Raida [references] [full-text]
Improvements of Analog Neural Networks Based on Kalman Filter

In the paper, original improvements of recurrent analog neural networks, which are based on Kalman filter, are presented. These improvements eliminate some disadvantages of the classical Kalman neural network and enable a real time processing of quickly changing signals, which appear in adaptive antennas and similar applications. This goal is reached using such circuit elements, which increase the convergence rate of the network and decrease the dependence of convergence rate on the ratio of eigenvalues of the correlation matrix of input signals.

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J. Mitrych [references] [full-text]
The LFSR and BCA VHDL Models for Built-in Self-test Circuits

The various test structures are proposed for BIST techniques [1], [2]. A typical structure used for generation of pseudo-random test sets is the linear feedback shift register (LFSR). The BIST techniques have wide application in testing whole devices and embedded components. We focus on the analysis of the state coverage, fault coverage, and optimal structure of BIST schemes.

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J. Kovalsky, K. Vlcek, J. Mitrych [references] [full-text]
VHDL Models with Usage of the LFSR_PCKG Package

LFSRs (Linear Feedback Shift Registers) are very often used in the BIST (Built-In Self-Test) methodology. Implementation of the LFSRs to the design or application of digital system, which supports BIST techniques or which only uses these LFSRs, can be done by VHDL language. This paper presents VHDL models of the devices and subroutines (e.g. test pattern generators, signature analysers). Models are based on LFSR structures with usage of the LFSR_PCKG package described in the (Kovalsky and Vlcek, 2001), which can be used in the applications supporting BIST techniques. Devices are described as behavioural and structural models. These models and descriptions can be used e.g. in the (Kovalsky, 2001). The LFSR_PCKG was modified and new approach is presented. Naturally, there are presented some synthesis conclusions of the VHDL models and applications in this paper.

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V. Ricny [references] [full-text]
Digital Realization of the Test Signal Generator Sin^2 20T

The paper deals with the digital implementation of the generator of test signal sin^2 20T. This function has a limited spectrum in the luminance and chrominance areas of the color composite signal. The signal is frequently used for measurements of the transmission channels in color television technology. The paper arises from the contribution [1].

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J. Polec, J. Pavlovicova, T. Karlubikova [references] [full-text]
Application of Shape-Independent Orthogonal Transforms for Image Interpolation

In the contribution we develop a new method for object-oriented interpolation of images. It is an important tool in image processing, since using interpolation we can considerably decrease amount of data, necessary for image reconstruction. Application of this interpolation enables to down-sample the object separately. The selected object can be processed at the different sampling level. This approach allows object oriented zoom, for example. Moreover, object - oriented approach is a very novel idea that helps to understand the content of image. Method is created from cosine approximation implemented to coding with shape - independent basis functions.

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R. Lukac [references] [full-text]
Performance of Basic Vector Directional Filters According to Used Angle Distance

Color images are typical examples of vector-valued signals. For that reason, vector processing represents an optimal approach. Although widely used vector filter is a vector median based on a reduced ordering, the directional processing with utilizing of the angle between input vectors can be used, too. By this way can be achieved well estimates, since vector directional filters preserve color chromaticity, whereas vector median filters may not satisfy this requirement. So, this paper is focused on the performance of basic vector directional filter in dependence on the various angle distances.

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J. Pika [references] [full-text]
New Predicted Spiral Search Block Matching Algorithm - PSSBMA

This article describes the modification of the full search algorithm ESBMA (Exhaustive Search Block Matching Algorithm), which leads up to 40% speed increase. The modification is based on the ESBMA motion field analysis results. The major modifications to the ESBMA are: - Introduction of sub-optimality by thresholding the matching criterion (MAEthr); - Respecting constraints on motion vectors resulting from "head and shoulder" scenes by changing the position of the search start; - Respecting the dependence of motion vectors (MV) by prediction introduction.

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