HARDWARE ARCHITECTURE FOR NEAREST NEIGHBOR IMAGE PROCESSING ALGORITHMS
Original Publication Date: 1993-Aug-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-06
Xerox Disclosure Journal
A hardware architecture for implementing nearest neighbor and sliding window image processing algorithms in hardware is disclosed. Hardware accelerators are necessary because the computational requirements of most image processing algorithms make software solutions impractical in real time systems. A wide range of image processing functions are required in distributed systems environments which places a great burden for generality upon the hardware architecture. The disclosed hardware architecture provides an excellent balance of cost, functionality and complexity while still providing a unified generic hardware platform for performing many image processing functions in high quality electronic image system environments.