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Video coding for decoding power-constrained embedded devices
Author(s): Ligang Lu; Vadim Sheinin
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Paper Abstract

Low power dissipation and fast processing time are crucial requirements for embedded multimedia devices. This paper presents a technique in video coding to decrease the power consumption at a standard video decoder. Coupled with a small dedicated video internal memory cache on a decoder, the technique can substantially decrease the amount of data traffic to the external memory at the decoder. A decrease in data traffic to the external memory at decoder will result in multiple benefits: faster real-time processing and power savings. The encoder, given prior knowledge of the decoder’s dedicated video internal memory cache management scheme, regulates its choice of motion compensated predictors to reduce the decoder’s external memory accesses. This technique can be used in any standard or proprietary encoder scheme to generate a compliant output bit stream decodable by standard CPU-based and dedicated hardware-based decoders for power savings with the best quality-power cost trade off. Our simulation results show that with a relatively small amount of dedicated video internal memory cache, the technique may decrease the traffic between CPU and external memory over 50%.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 January 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5308, Visual Communications and Image Processing 2004, (18 January 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.538250
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Ligang Lu, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Ctr. (United States)
Vadim Sheinin, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5308:
Visual Communications and Image Processing 2004
Sethuraman Panchanathan; Bhaskaran Vasudev, Editor(s)

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