HEVC Video Compression Hardware Designs
Electronics Engineering, M.Sc. Thesis, 2013
Assoc. Prof. Dr. İlker Hamzaoğlu (Thesis Supervisor), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ayhan Bozkurt, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Erkay Savaş
Date &Time: August, 02nd, 2013 – 13:00
Place: FENS L063
Keywords: HEVC, Deblocking Filter, Intra Mode Decision, Hadamard Transform
High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), a recently developed international standard for video compression, offers significantly better video compression efficiency than previous international standards. However, this coding gain comes with an increase in computational complexity.
Therefore, in this thesis, we first designed a high performance hardware architecture for deblocking filter algorithm used in HEVC standard. Two parallel datapaths are used in the hardware to increase its performance. The proposed hardware is implemented in Verilog HDL. The Verilog RTL code is mapped to a Xilinx XC6VLX240T FPGA, and it is verified to work correctly on a Xilinx ML605 FPGA board which includes a Xilinx XC6VLX240T FPGA. The FPGA implementation can work at 108 MHz, and it can code 30 full HD (1920x1080) video frames per second.
We then proposed an energy reduction technique for Sum of Absolute Transformed Difference (SATD) based HEVC intra mode decision algorithm. We designed an efficient hardware architecture for SATD based HEVC intra mode decision algorithm including the proposed technique. The proposed hardware is implemented in Verilog HDL. The Verilog RTL code is mapped to a Xilinx XC6VLX365T FPGA, and it is verified with post place & route simulations. The FPGA implementation can work at 116 MHz, and it can code 21 HD (1280x720) video frames per second. The proposed technique reduced its energy consumption up to 64.6% on this FPGA without any PSNR loss.