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High-Throughput H.264/AVC High-Profile CABAC Decoder for HDTV Applications

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2 Author(s)
Yao-Chang Yang ; Dept. of Comput. Sci. & Inf. Eng., Nat. Chung-Cheng Univ., Chiayi, Taiwan ; Jiun-In Guo

In this letter we propose a high-throughput VLSI architecture design for H.264 high-profile context-based adaptive binary arithmatic coding (HP CABAC) decoding for HDTV applications. To speed up the inherent sequential CABAC decoding, we eliminate the bottleneck by proposing a look-ahead decision parsing technique on the grouped context table with cache registers, which reduces 62% of cycle count on average as compared with the original CABAC decoding. In addition, the proposed design supports the macroblock adaptive frame field coding tools in H.264 main profile coding and 8 times 8 transform in H.264 high-profile coding. It achieves the real-time processing for H.264 CABAC decoding up to L4.1@30 frames/s with maximum 60 Mbits/s when operating at 105 MHz.

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Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:19 ,  Issue: 9 )