Convergence Analysis and Analog Circuit Applications for a Class of Networks of Nonlinear Coupled Oscillators

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1996

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The physical motivation and rigorous proof of convergence for a particular network of nonlinear coupled oscillators are reviewed. Next, the network and convergence proof are generalized in several ways, to make the network more applicable to actual engineering problems. It is argued that such coupled oscillator circuits are more natural to implement in analog hardware than other types of dynamical equations because the signal levels tend to remain at sufficiently large values that effects of offsets and mismatch are minimized. Examples of how analog implementations of these networks are able to address actual control problems are given. The first example shows how a pair of coupled oscillators can be used to compensate for the feedback path phase shift in a complex LMS loop, and has potential application for analog adaptive antenna arrays or linear predictor circuits. The second example shows how a single oscillator circuit with feedback could be used for continuous wavelet transform applications. Finally, analog CMOS implementation of the coupled oscillator dynamics is briefly discussed.

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