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Implementation of scalable video coding deblocking filter from high-level SystemC description
Author(s): Pedro P. Carballo; Omar Espino; Romén Neris; Pedro Hernández-Fernández; Tomasz M. Szydzik; Antonio Núñez
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes key concepts in the design and implementation of a deblocking filter (DF) for a H.264/SVC video decoder. The DF supports QCIF and CIF video formats with temporal and spatial scalability. The design flow starts from a SystemC functional model and has been refined using high‐level synthesis methodology to RTL microarchitecture. The process is guided with performance measurements (latency, cycle time, power, resource utilization) with the objective of assuring the quality of results of the final system. The functional model of the DF is created in an incremental way from the AVC DF model using OpenSVC source code as reference. The design flow continues with the logic synthesis and the implementation on the FPGA using various strategies. The final implementation is chosen among the implementations that meet the timing constraints. The DF is capable to run at 100 MHz, and macroblocks are processed in 6,500 clock cycles for a throughput of 130 fps for QCIF format and 37 fps for CIF format. The proposed architecture for the complete H.264/SVC decoder is composed of an OMAP 3530 SOC (ARM Cortex‐A8 GPP + DSP) and the FPGA Virtex‐5 acting as a coprocessor for DF implementation. The DF is connected to the OMAP SOC using the GPMC interface. A validation platform has been developed using the embedded PowerPC processor in the FPGA, composing a SoC that integrates the frame generation and visualization in a TFT screen. The FPGA implements both the DF core and a GPMC slave core. Both cores are connected to the PowerPC440 embedded processor using LocalLink interfaces. The FPGA also contains a local memory capable of storing information necessary to filter a complete frame and to store a decoded picture frame. The complete system is implemented in a Virtex5 FX70T device.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 May 2013
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8764, VLSI Circuits and Systems VI, 876408 (28 May 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2016885
Show Author Affiliations
Pedro P. Carballo, Univ. de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain)
Omar Espino, Univ. de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain)
Romén Neris, Univ. de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain)
Pedro Hernández-Fernández, Univ. de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain)
Tomasz M. Szydzik, Univ. de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain)
Antonio Núñez, Univ. de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8764:
VLSI Circuits and Systems VI
Teresa Riesgo; Massimo Conti, Editor(s)

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