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Design of Single Scalar DSP based H.264/AVC Decoder
Linköping University, Department of Electrical Engineering.
2005 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

H.264/AVC is a new video compression standard designed for future broadband network. Compared with former video coding standards such as MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 part 2, it saves up to 40% in bit rate and provides important characteristics such as error resilience, stream switching etc. However, the improvement in performance also introduces increase in computational complexity, which requires more powerful hardware. At the same time, there are several image and video coding standards currently used such as JPEG and MPEG-4. Although ASIC design meets the performance requirement, it lacks flexibility for heterogeneous standards. Hence reconfigurable DSP processor is more suitable for media processing since it provides both real-time performance and flexibility.

Currently there are several single scalar DSP processors in the market. Compare to media processor, which is generally SIMD or VLIW, single scalar DSP is cheaper and has smaller area while its performance for video processing is limited. In this paper, a method to promote the performance of single scalar DSP by attaching hardware accelerators is proposed. And the bottleneck for performance promotion is investigated and the upper limit of acceleration of a certain single scalar DSP for H.264/AVC decoding is presented.

Behavioral model of H.264/AVC decoder is realized in pure software during the first step. Although real-time performance cannot be achieved with pure software implementation, computational complexity of different parts is investigated and the critical path in decoding was exposed by analyzing the first design of this software solution. Then both functional acceleration and addressing acceleration were investigated and designed to achieve the performance for real-time decoding using available clock frequency within 200MHz.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institutionen för systemteknik , 2005.
Keyword [en]
Datorteknik, H.264, Decoder, DSP, Accelerator, HW/SW partitioning
Keyword [sv]
National Category
Computer Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-2812ISRN: LITH-ISY-EX--05/3579--SEOAI: diva2:20154
Available from: 2005-03-09 Created: 2005-03-09

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