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This brief presents a new context-based adaptive variable length coding (CAVLC) architecture. The prototype is designed for the H.264/AVC baseline profile entropy coder. The proposed design offers area savings by reducing the size of the statistic buffer. The arithmetic table elimination technique further reduces the area. The split VLC tables simplify the process of bit-stream generation and also help in reducing some area. The proposed architecture is implemented on Xilinx Virtex II field-programmable gate array (2v3000fg676-4). Simulation result shows that the architecture is capable of processing common/quarter-common intermediate format frame sequences in real-time at a core speed of 50 MHz with 6.85-K logic gates.