Alessandro S. Spinelli

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A number of spike detection and sorting methods exist and the availability of powerful desktop computers may suggest that the problem of spike detection is solved. However, for portable multi-channel systems, when one takes into account the power consumption limitations, computationally simple methods can be advantageous when compared to more complex(More)
We present a neural amplifier that optimizes the trade-off between power consumption and noise performance down to the best so far reported. In the perspective of realizing a fully autonomous implantable system we also address the problem of spike detection by using a new simple algorithm and we discuss the implementation with analog integrated circuits.(More)
An increasing popularity of multichannel recordings from freely behaving animals and the need to develop a practical brain-machine interface has fuelled the development of miniature multichannel recording systems. Here we describe our prototype miniature 64-channel acquisition system that could be used for multichannel recordings in freely behaving monkeys(More)
It has been noted that the power spectrum of intracortical local field potential (LFP) often scales as 1/f(-2). It is thought that LFP mostly represents the spiking-related neuronal activity such as synaptic currents and spikes in the vicinity of the recording electrode, but no 1/f(2) scaling is detected in the spike power. Although tissue filtering or(More)
—Since the proof of viability of prosthetic devices directly controlled by neurons, there is a huge increase in the interest on integrated multichannel recording systems to register neural signals with implanted chronic electrodes. One of the bottlenecks in such compact systems is the limited transmission data rate of the wireless link, requiring some sort(More)
For extracellular recordings from neurons, it is desirable to use the same electrode for stimulation as well as for recording. Since neural preamplifiers usually exhibit high-pass filtering at frequencies as low as 0.1 Hz, the recovery from saturation is typically very slow. Consequently, following stimulation, no signal can be detected for up to several(More)