Circuits and systems for the synthesis of chaotic signals in engineering applications

Fabio Pareschi, Sergio Callegari, Gianluca Setti, Riccardo Rovatti

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This chapter discusses the problem of "chaos generation", namely efficient techniques for the design of circuits to be employed as generators of chaotic signals (or sample sequences) in engineering applications. As intelligent computing techniques exploiting chaotic dynamics take momentum, synthesisers of chaotic waveforms become important design primitives. Consequently, design approaches suitable for cost containment, high robustness, and low susceptibility to external interference need to be formalised. This topic is particularly significant since digital hardware can deliver dynamics matching the characteristics of chaotic models only in the short term, and truly chaotic behaviour needs analog subsystems, for which design efforts are higher. The chapter opens with a concise history of chaotic circuits. This illustrates how the focus has progressively shifted from mere demonstrators to circuits and systems finally optimised for typical merit indexes of engineering applications. It is shown how the move from initial, mostly speculative designs to a real confrontation with emerging applications marked a key point in the design of "chaos generators". On one hand it posed precise statistical requirements and on the other hand it let important implementation robustness issues emerge. In the central part of the chapter, after a quick comparison ofcontinuous-time vs discrete-time chaotic models, the focus goes on the latter. A brief review of techniques for their electronic implementation is presented illustrating how significant advantages can be obtained by concentrating on those that enable an efficient reuse of existing hardware. A discussion on how chaotic circuits can be derived from (ADCs) is presented. In the last part of the chapter, the effectiveness of the proposed approach is proved by measurements made on real prototypes. This part is also the occasion to underline that for those applications requiring "true analog chaos" the ability to achieve it by building blocks ready available on most electronic systems can lead to a strategic advantage. © 2009 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)173-196
Number of pages24
JournalStudies in Computational Intelligence
StatePublished - Feb 16 2009
Externally publishedYes

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