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Parallel processor for motion estimation
Author(s): Emmanuel J.-M. Hanssens; Jean-Didier Legat
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Paper Abstract

A parallel processor for real-time motion estimation algorithms has been developed. It consists of several clusters of basic processing elements connected to a transfer controller that is attached to an external RAM. The architecture is parallel, allowing each cluster to work on non-overlapping image segments. It is also associative, in that the execution of a global instruction step by a processing element depends on some local conditions: moreover, lateral communications between clusters are provided, these two last features being essential for motion vector field regularization processes. Feasibility of the architecture has been evaluated with an advanced block-matching based option estimation algorithm: the ABMA. Running at a clock rate of 50 MHz, a group of 12 processing elements can real-time execute the ABMA on a common input format (CIF) image (288 by 352 pixels, at 10 Hz). A custom VLSI test circuit, consisting of one processing element and one transfer controller, has been designed in a 1 micrometer technology; the total silicon area of the test circuit is 41 mm2.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 February 1996
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2727, Visual Communications and Image Processing '96, (27 February 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.233317
Show Author Affiliations
Emmanuel J.-M. Hanssens, Univ. Catholique de Louvain (Belgium)
Jean-Didier Legat, Univ. Catholique de Louvain (Belgium)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2727:
Visual Communications and Image Processing '96
Rashid Ansari; Mark J. T. Smith, Editor(s)

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