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Laser programmable integrated curcuit for forming synapses in neural networks

United States Patent

5,602,965
February 11, 1997
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Customizable neural network in which one or more resistors form each synapse. All the resistors in the synaptic array are identical, thus simplifying the processing issues. Highly doped, amorphous silicon is used as the resistor material, to create extremely high resistances occupying very small spaces. Connected in series with each resistor in the array is at least one severable conductor whose uppermost layer has a lower reflectivity of laser energy than typical metal conductors at a desired laser wavelength.
Fu; Chi Y. (San Francisco, CA)
The Regents of the University of California (Oakland, CA)
08/ 530,393
September 14, 1995
The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. W-7405-ENG-48 between the U.S. Department of Energy and the University of California, for the operation of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.