An efficient analog Hamming distance comparator realized with a unipolar memristor array: a showcase of physical computing. Academic Article uri icon


  • We propose and demonstrate a novel physical computing paradigm based on an engineered unipolar memristor that exhibits symmetric SET switching with respect to voltage polarity. A one-dimensional array of these devices was sufficient to demonstrate an efficient Hamming distance comparator for two strings of analog states represented by voltages from the physical world. The comparator first simultaneously applies the two sets of voltages to the array of memristors, each of which is initially in its high resistance state and switches to its low resistance state only if the two voltages applied on that memristor differ by more than the switching threshold. An accurate analog representation of the Hamming distance is then obtained by applying a reading voltage to the memristors and summing all the resultant currents. The comparator with a small footprint can directly process analog signals and store computation results without power, representing a promising application for analog computing based on memristor crossbar arrays.

published proceedings

  • Sci Rep

altmetric score

  • 44.1

author list (cited authors)

  • Ge, N., Yoon, J. H., Hu, M., Merced-Grafals, E. J., Davila, N., Strachan, J. P., ... Yang, J. J.

citation count

  • 25

complete list of authors

  • Ge, Ning||Yoon, Jung Ho||Hu, Miao||Merced-Grafals, EJ||Davila, Noraica||Strachan, John Paul||Li, Zhiyong||Holder, Helen||Xia, Qiangfei||Williams, R Stanley||Zhou, Xing||Yang, J Joshua

publication date

  • January 2017