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Document Type

Thesis: EWU Only

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS) in Computer Science


Computer Science

First Advisor

Dr. Kosuke Imamura, PhD

Second Advisor

Dr. Carol Taylor, PhD

Third Advisor

Doris Munson M.L.S.


This thesis proposes a digital artificial neuron which uses only digital logic. The purpose is to create a hardware neuron on a digital device. While conventional neurons use real valued software implemented transfer functions and threshold values to determine the output, the proposed neuron converts inputs into square waves of frequencies determined by weights, and the time that the input waves require to produce a certain pattern is used to determine the output. This neuron was tested on a software simulator and successfully implemented on a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) to prove its viability.


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