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Pixel Interlacing to Trade-Off the Resolution of a Cellular Processor Array against more Registers

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Proceedings (peer-reviewed)
Author Martel Julien N.P., Chau Miguel, Cook Matthew, Dudek Piotr,
Project Biological Information in Cortical Communication
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Proceedings (peer-reviewed)

Title of proceedings Circuit Theory and Design (ECCTD), 2015 European Conference on
Place Trondheim
DOI 10.1109/ecctd.2015.7300011


Recently, several low and mid-level vision algorithms have been successfully demonstrated at high-frame rate on a low power-budget using compact programmable CPA (Cellular Processor Arrays) vision-chips that embed a Processing Element (PE) at each pixel. Because of the inherent constraint in the VLSI design of these devices, algorithms they run are limited to scarce resources, in particular memory - that is the number of registers available per pixel. In this work, we propose an algorithmic procedure to trade off the pixel resolution of a programmable CPA vision-chip against the number of its registers. By grouping pixels into “super-pixels” where pixel registers are interlaced, we virtually expose more registers in software allowing to run more sophisticated algorithms. We implement and demonstrate on an actual device an algorithm that could not have been executed on an existing CPA at full resolution due to its memory requirements.