Abstract

We propose a multilayer associative memory with a winner-take-all operation on the inner product between an input and stored exemplars. The winner-take-all operation is performed by a unit-step operation with an adaptive-threshold strategy. We show that the multilayer-associative-memory unit-step operation with an adaptive-threshold strategy has a high noise immunity and a large storage capacity, and it is also capable of extending to a gray-level associative memory with a phase-representation technique. A hybrid optical implementation with a proof-of-concept experiment is also provided.

© 1995 Optical Society of America

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