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Rohit John1 Nidhi Tiwari1 Anh Chien Nguyen1 Arindam Basu1 Nripan Mathews1

1, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, , Singapore

Inspired by neural computing, the pursuit of ultralow power neuromorphic architectures with highly distributed memory and parallel processing capability has recently gained more traction. However, emulation of biological signal processing via artificial neuromorphic architectures does not exploit the immense interplay between local activities and global neuromodulations observed in biological neural networks, and hence are unable to mimic complex biologically plausible adaptive functions like heterosynaptic plasticity and homeostasis. Here, we demonstrate emulation of complex neuronal behaviours like heterosynaptic plasticity, homeostasis, association, correlation and coincidence in a single neuristor via a novel dual-gated architecture. This multiple gating approach allows one gate to capture the effect of local activity correlations and the second gate to represent global neuromodulations, allowing additional modulations which augment their plasticity and enabling higher order temporal correlations at a unitary level. Moreover, the dual-gate operation extends the available dynamic range of synaptic conductance while maintaining symmetry in the weight-update operation, expanding the number of accessible memory states. Finally, operating neuristors in the sub-threshold regime enables synaptic weight changes with high gain, while maintaining ultralow power consumption of the order of femto-Joules.

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