Finding All DC Operating Points of Piecewise-Linear Circuits Containing Neither Voltage nor Current Controlled Resistors
IEICE Transactions on Fundamentals of Electronics Communications and Computer Sciences (Impact Factor: 0.23). 06/2005; E88-A(6). DOI: 10.1093/ietfec/e88-a.6.1631
Recently, efficient algorithms have been proposed for finding all characteristic curves of one-port piecewise-linear resistive circuits. Using these algorithms, a middle scale one-port circuit can be represented by a piecewise-linear resistor that is neither voltage nor current controlled. In this letter, an efficient algorithm is proposed for finding all dc operating points of piecewise-linear circuits containing such neither voltage nor current controlled resistors.
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ABSTRACT: An efficient algorithm is presented for finding all solutions of piecewise-linear resistive circuits. In this algorithm, a simple sign test is performed to eliminate many linear regions that do not contain a solution. Therefore, the number of simultaneous linear equations to be solved is substantially decreased. This test, in its original form, enquires O(Ln2) additions and comparisons in the worst case, where n is the number of variables and L is the number of linear regions. In this paper, an effective technique is proposed that reduces the computational complexity of the sign test to O(Ln). Some numerical examples are given, and it is shown that all solutions can be computed very efficiently. The proposed algorithm is simple and can be easily programmed by using recursive functions.