Abstract—Filtering is widely used in image and video processing for various applications. Recently, < Final Year Projects > the guided filter has been proposed and became one of the popular filtering methods. In this paper, to achieve the computation demand of guided filtering in full-HD video, a double integral image architecture for guided filter ASIC design is proposed. In addition, a reformation of the guided filter formula is proposed, which can prevent the error resulted from truncation in the fractional part and modify the regularization parameter ε on user’s demand. The hardware architecture of the guided image filter is then proposed and can be embedded in mobile devices to achieve real-time HD applications. To the best of our knowledge, this paper is also the first ASIC design for guided image filter. With a TSMC 90-nm cell library, the design can operate at 100 MHz and support for Full-HD (1920 × 1080) 30 frame/s with 92.9K gate counts and 3.2 KB on-chip memory. Moreover, for the hardware efficiency, our architecture is also the best compared to other previous works with bilateral filter.
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