Low Power H.264 Video Compression Achitecture for Mobile Communication
This paper presents a method to reduce the computation and memory access for variable block size Motion Estimation (ME) using pixel truncation. Previous work has focused on implementing pixel truncation using a fixed-block size(16?16 pixels) ME. However, pixel truncation fails to give satisfactory results for smaller block partitions. In this paper, the authors analyze the effect of truncating pixels for smaller block partitions and propose a method to improve the frame prediction. Their method is able to reduce the total computation and memory access compared to conventional full-search method without significantly degrading picture quality. With unique data arrangement, the proposed architectures are able to save up to 53% energy compared to the conventional full-search architecture. This makes such architectures attractive for H.264application in future mobile devices.