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<p>Current industrial video-processing systems use a mixture of high-performance workstations and application-specific integrated circuits. However, video image processing in the professional broadcast environment requires more computational power and data throughput than most of today's general-purpose computers can provide. In addition, using ASICs for video image processing is both inflexible and expensive.</p> <p>Configurable computing offers an appropriate alternative for broadcast video image editing and manipulation by combining the flexibility, programmability, and economy of general-purpose processors with the performance of dedicated ASICs.</p> <p>Sonic is a configurable computing system that performs real-time video image processing. The authors describe how it implements algorithms for two-dimensional linear transforms, fractal image generation, filters, and other video effects. Sonic's flexible and scalable architecture contains configurable processing elements that accelerate software applications and support the use of plug-in software.</p>
John Stone, Peter Y.K. Cheung, Simon D. Haynes, Wayne Luk, "Video Image Processing with the Sonic Architecture", Computer, vol. 33, no. , pp. 50-57, April 2000, doi:10.1109/2.839321
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