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Title: Morphological processor for real-time image applications
Authors: González, F.
Tubío, O.
Tobajas, F. 
De Armas Sosa, Valentín 
Esper-Chaín, R. 
Sarmiento, R. 
UNESCO Clasification: 3307 Tecnología electrónica
Keywords: Mathematical morphology
Image processing
High-speed adders
Real time
Issue Date: 2002
Journal: Microelectronics 
Conference: Conference on Electronics andStructures for MEMS 
Abstract: Mathematical morphology (MM) appears as a theory that can solve some drawbacks of the classical lineal image processing. Linear filters generate a spatial distortion from initial image, what gives as result that specific algorithms are usually needed for each process with a complexity that cannot be implemented in VLSI systems for real time image processing. MM overcome the inherent drawbacks of the linear processing based on the comparison of an initial image with some well-known geometric figures. In this paper we present the implementation of a specific processor that computes MM basic operations. Using a clock frequency of 250 MHz this processor is able to handle real time 512×512 pixels video images. MM allows non-linear processing of images and it is based on dilation and erosion operations using a geometric figure called structural element (SE). More complex image processing can be performed using these two basic operations. In this implementation the SE of 3×3 pixels was chosen. 0.6 μm HGaAs standard cells technology, from Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation, has been used achieving a logic level gate description with the possibility of migration to another technologies.
ISSN: 0026-2692
DOI: 10.1016/S0026-2692(02)00117-9
Source: Microelectronics Journal[ISSN 0026-2692],v. 33, p. 1115-1122
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