Multi-standard reconfigurable motion estimation processor for hybrid video codecs

JL Nunez-Yanez, Trevor Spiteri, G Vafiadis

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This study presents a programmable and configurable motion estimation (ME) processor capable of performing ME across several state-of-the-art video codecs that include multiple tools to improve the accuracy of the calculated motion vectors. The core can be programmed using a C-style syntax optimised to implement arbitrary block matching algorithms and configured with different execution units depending on the selected codec, the available inter-coding options and required performance. This flexibility means that the core can support the latest video codecs such as H.264, VC-1 and AVS at high-definition resolutions and frame rates. The configuration and programming phases are supported by an integrated development environment that includes a compiler and profiling tools enabling a designer without specific hardware knowledge to optimise the microarchitecture for the selected codec standard and motion search technique leading to a highly efficient implementation.
Translated title of the contributionMulti-standard reconfigurable motion estimation processor for hybrid video codecs
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73 - 85
Number of pages13
JournalIET Computers and Digital Techniques
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011

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Publisher: IET


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