Boosting the Performance of Embedded Vision Systems Using a DSP/FPGA Co-processor System

Franz Rinnerthaler, Wilfried Kubinger, Josef Langer, Martin Humenberger

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Sensor systems for robotics and autonomous systems usually require small-sized and power-aware dedicated solutions for their realization. Therefore, an embedded system is the first choice - but the drawback is weaker computing power compared to state-of-the-art PC-based systems. This paper describes our approach on "boosting" the computing power of embedded vision systems. Our system consists of a platform based on a Digital Signal Processor (DSP) enhanced by an additional Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) used as a co-processor. In our novel approach called Resource Optimized Co-processing, both the DSP and the FPGA are driven in parallel for the execution of crucial parts of the vision algorithms. Thereby, through efficient usage of system resources a significant Increase of the system performance is possible. The approach and the achievable profit in computing power is outlined in the paper. Based on an example case - the realization of a robot soccer embedded vision sensor - the usefulness and the powerfulness of our approach is demonstrated. In this demo case, by applying Resource Optimized Co-processing, the most crucial and computing-intensive function was executed twice as fast as before. Thus, we were able to fulfill the stringent real-time requirements of the vision system.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2007 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2007
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventIntl. Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, SMC2007 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 7 Oct 200710 Oct 2007

Publication series

NameConference Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics
ISSN (Print)1062-922X


ConferenceIntl. Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, SMC2007
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