Chapter 16: Digital Neural Networks for Vision Tasks

Neural processor with 21 neurons
Neural processor with 21 neurons

Neural Networks perform computationally intensive tasks offering smart solutions for many new media applications. A number of analog and mixed digital/ analog implementations have been proposed to smooth the algorithmic gap. But gradually, the digital implementation has become feasible, and the dedicated neural processor is on the horizon. A notable example is the Cellular Neural Network (CNN). The analog direction has matured for low-power, smart vision sensors; the digital direction is gradually being shaped into an IP-core for algorithm acceleration, especially for use in FPGA-based high-performance systems. The chapter discusses the next step towards a flexible and scalable multi-core engine using Application-Specific Integrated Processors (ASIP). This topographic engine can serve many new media tasks, as illustrated by novel applications in Homeland Security. We conclude with a view on the CNN kaleidoscope for the year 2020.