A bandwidth optimized, 64 cycles/MB joint parameter decoder architecture for ultra high definition H.264/AVC applications

Jinjia Zhou, Dajiang Zhou, Xun He, Satoshi Goto

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In this paper, VLSI architecture of a joint parameter decoder is proposed to realize the calculation of motion vector (MV), intra prediction mode (IPM) and boundary strength (BS) for ultra high definition H.264/AVC applications. For this architecture, a 64-cycle-per-MB pipeline with simplified control modes is designed to increase system throughput and reduce hardware cost. Moreover, in order to save memory bandwidth, the data which includes the motion information for the co-located picture and the last decoded line, is pre-processed before being stored to DRAM. A partition based storage format is applied to condense the MB level data, while variable length coding based compression method is utilized to reduce the data size in each partition. Experimental results show our design is capable of real-time 3840×2160@60 fps decoding at less than 133 MHz, with 37.2 k logic gates. Meanwhile, by applying the proposed scheme, 85-98% bandwidth saving is achieved, compared with storing the original information for every 4 × 4 block to DRAM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1425-1433
Number of pages9
JournalIEICE Transactions on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2010



  • DRAM bandwidth
  • H.264/av c
  • Motion vector derivation
  • Ultra high resolution
  • Video decoder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Signal Processing

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