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Design for Embedded Image Processing on FPGAs by Donald G. Bailey

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Chapter 14

Example Applications

In the earlier chapters, much of the focus in describing FPGA implementation was on individual image processing operations, rather than complete applications. This final chapter shows how the individual operations tie together within an application. Of particular interest are some of the optimisations used to reduce hardware or processing time.

14.1 Coloured Region Tracking

In this application, it was desired to create a gesture-based user input. Rather than operate in a completely unstructured environment, it was decided to use coloured paddles to provide the input gestures (Johnston et al., 2005b). One of the goals was to minimise resource use to enable the remainder of the FPGA to be used for the application being controlled (Johnston et al., 2005a).

The basic structure of the algorithm is shown in Figure 14.1. The basic steps within the application were to use the distinctive colours of the paddles to segment them from the background. A simple bounding box was then used to determine the paddle locations. The remainder of this section details the algorithm and the optimisations made to reduce the size of the implementation.

Figure 14.1 Steps within a colour tracking algorithm.

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This application was implemented on an RC100 board from Celoxica Ltd. The board uses a Xilinx XC2S200 Spartan II FPGA and has a number of peripheral devices on the board, ...

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