An FPGA-based Target Acquisition System
Marschner, Alexander R.
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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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