Challenging the Best HEVC Fractional Pixel FPGA Interpolators With Reconfigurable and Multifrequency Approximate Computing

Carlo Sau, Francesca Palumbo, Maxime Pelcat, Julien Heulot, Erwan Nogues, Daniel Menard, Paolo Meloni, Luigi Raffo
2017 IEEE Embedded Systems Letters  
Applicable in different fields and markets, low energy high efficiency video coding (HEVC) codecs and their constituting elements have been heavily studied. Fractional pixel interpolation is one of its most costly blocks. In this letter, a field programmable gate array implementation of HEVC fractional pixel interpolation, outperforming literature solutions, is proposed. Approximate computing, in conjunction with hardware reconfiguration, guarantees a tunable interpolation system offering an
more » ... rgy versus quality tradeoff to further reduce energy. Index Terms-Embedded applications, field programmable gate array (FPGA), FIR filters, low power architectures, low power design, reconfigurable computing, runtime reconfiguration, signal processing.
doi:10.1109/les.2017.2703585 fatcat:7wjxqyyy7vdtzjrvqefsnp7wuq