Title page for ETD etd-12072007-151855


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Marschner, Alexander R.
Author's Email Address amarschn@vt.edu
URN etd-12072007-151855
Title An FPGA-based Target Acquisition System
Degree Master of Science
Department Electrical and Computer Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Athanas, Peter M. Committee Chair
Jones, Mark T. Committee Member
Martin, Thomas L. Committee Member
Keywords
  • OpenFire
  • multi-core
  • soft processor
  • object tracking
  • image clipping
Date of Defense 2007-12-03
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
This work describes the development of an image processing algorithm, the implementation

of that algorithm as both a strictly hardware design and as a multi-core software design,

and the side-by-side comparison of the two implementations. In the course of creating the

multi-core software design, several improvements are made to the OpenFire soft core micro-

processor that is used to create the multi-core network. The hardware and multi-core software

implementations of the image processing algorithm are compared side-by-side in an FPGA-

based test platform. Results show that although the strictly hardware implementation leads

in terms of lower power consumption and very low area consumption, modification of and

programming for the multi-core software implementation is simpler to perform.

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