Design trends in multimedia hardware architectures

O. Fatemi, S. Panchanathan

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Multimedia processing presents challenges from the perspectives of both hardware and software. Each media in a multimedia environment requires different processes, techniques, algorithms and hardware implementations. Each of technologies involved in multimedia processing depends on VLSI implementation for cost efficiency. Although recent advances solved many hardware problems, but the high demands of multimedia processing require special architectural approaches. In this paper, we propose the categorization of main architectural alternatives for multimedia computing based on the programmability of the hardware. In general, there are two approaches for multimedia architecture design as in any other processor design namely: Dedicated and Programmable. Combination of dedicated and programmable modules in a multimedia architecture offers a compromise between the two strategies as an adapted architecture for multimedia purposes. The design trends in each category and the classification of different multimedia architectures are detailed in this paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2-6
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes
EventMultimedia Hardware Architectures 1998 - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 29 1998Jan 30 1998


  • Adapted architectures
  • Dedicated modules
  • Multimedia architectures
  • Programmable architectures
  • Video Processors and Media processors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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