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Hardware/Software Co-design for Real Time Embedded Image Processing: A Case Study

  • Sol Pedre
  • Tomáš Krajník
  • Elías Todorovich
  • Patricia Borensztejn
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7441)

Abstract

Many image processing applications need real time performance, while having restrictions of size, weight and power consumption. These include a wide range of embedded systems from remote sensing applications to mobile phones. FPGA-based solutions are common for these applications, their main drawback being long development time. In this work a co-design methodology for processor-centric embedded systems with hardware acceleration using FPGAs is applied to an image processing method for localization of multiple robots. The goal of the methodology is to achieve a real-time embedded solution using hardware acceleration, but with development time similar to software projects. The final embedded co-designed solution processes 1600×1200 pixel images at a rate of 25 fps, achieving a 12.6× acceleration from the original software solution. This solution runs with a comparable speed as up-to-date PC-based systems, and it is smaller, cheaper and demands less power.

Keywords

real time image processing hardware/software co-design methodology FPGA robotics 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sol Pedre
    • 1
  • Tomáš Krajník
    • 2
  • Elías Todorovich
    • 3
  • Patricia Borensztejn
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de ComputaciónFCEN-UBAArgentina
  2. 2.Czech Technical University in PragueCzech Republic
  3. 3.Departamento de Computación y SistemasFCE-UNICENArgentina

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