Development of an H.264/AVC Decoder Prototype on a Multimedia SOC Platform

Speaker Dr. Youn-Long Steve Lin
Department of Computer Science
National Tsing-Hua University, Taiwan
Location McDouglas Auditorium
Date & Time July 14 , 2006
Refreshments at 10:30 am, followed by Lecture at 11:00 am
Abstract Here in Tsing Hua, we have developed a pure hardwired AMBA-compliant accelerator for H.264/AVC main profile. Integrated into the FPGA module of a multimedia SOC platform, it can real-time decode CIF video running at just 10MHz. I will give a brief introduction to H.264/AVC, the next generation video coding standard. Then I will describe the SOC platform and system design flow jointly developed by Tsing Hua and Global UniChip Corp. Finally, I will present several architectural innovations in the decoder core that lead to high performance.

Youn-Long Steve Lin received his B.S. degree in Electronics Engineering from National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan in 1982, and Ph.D degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL., in 1987. Upon his graduation, he joined National Tsing Hua University, Hsin-Chu, Taiwan, where he established the THEDA Group (Tsing Hua EDA), served as Director of the University Computer and Communication Center, Chairman of the Department of Computer Science, Secretariat General of the University and Director of the University Library. Youn-Long Steve Lin is currently a Professor of Computer Science at the National Tsing Hua University, Hsin-Chu, Taiwan. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Peking University, Beijing, China. He is elected the president of Taiwan Integrated Circuit Design Society (TICD) for 2005-2006.

Professor Lin’s primary research interest is in computer-aided design (CAD) of very large-scale integrated circuits (VLSI) with emphasis on physical design automation and high-level synthesis. He co-authored the book “High Level Synthesis—Introduction to Chip and System Design.” He also spends great effort in promoting the VLSI design and CAD education in Taiwan. His current research focus is on design technology for System-on-a-Chips (SOC) employing reusable silicon intellectual properties (IPs). He is a senior member of the IEEE, the IEEE Computer Society, the IEEE Circuit and System Society, the IEEE Solid State Circuit Society, and the Association for Computer Machinery. He is a board member of the Taiwan IC Design Society. He is a nation-certified electrical engineer.