Flexible Design Solutions

With Altera’s video and image processing suite, medical imaging designers can now:

  • Increase productivity
  • Contain rising R & D costs
  • Lower obsolescence risks

Altera’s video and image processing suite includes a low-cost development kit, video processing reference designs, and key building block intellectual property (IP) cores from Altera and third-party partners. You’ll find Altera’s video and image processing suite works well in stand-alone FPGA, as well as digital signal processor plus FPGA coprocessing implementations.

Ideal for a Range of Equipment & Applications

An integrated tool flow combined with complete training help give the Altera® suite the modularity and flexibility you’ll need for a wide variety of medical imaging equipment and applications. In today’s medical equipment market environment, you need to rapidly develop imaging solutions for a range of equipment, including:

  • MRI, CT scanning, ultrasound, and X-ray imaging systems
  • Measuring and analysis instruments
  • Optical manipulation and analysis equipment
  • Surgical microscopes
  • Telemedicine apparatus

You must also be able to create and implement a number of sophisticated application algorithms to make these imaging solutions a reality, including:

  • Image analysis and pattern recognition
  • Image enhancement and restoration
  • Image and data compression
  • Wavelet transform utilization
  • Color space conversion

By utilizing building block IP cores and key features that have been modularized and integrated into Altera’s video and image processing library, in conjunction with other digital signal processing (DSP) cores from Altera and its partners, you can now implement these algorithms much more quickly and efficiently.

Building Block Cores

Altera’s video and image processing library consists of the following building block cores:

  • 2D Finite Impulse Response (FIR) Filter
  • 2D Median Filter
  • Scaler
  • Deinterlacer
  • Alpha Blending Mixer
  • Color Space Converter
  • Chroma Resampler
  • Gamma Corrector

These building block cores each feature parameterized memory support, and can all easily be linked to one another. These features enable the efficient design of flexible, high-performance solutions on all Cyclone™ and Stratix® series FPGAs.

Rapid development using The MathWorks algorithm tools is provided via Altera’s integrated DSP Builder tool. DSP Builder forms the bridge from The MathWorks algorithm development to Quartus® Prime design software.

Complete details about how you can leverage Altera’s video and image processing library of building blocks into your medical imaging application can be found in the Video and Image Processing Medical Imaging white paper (PDF).

Additional VIP Applications

Altera’s video and image processing library and reference designs are useful for video and imaging applications in a wide variety of industries, including:

  • High-definition (HD) broadcast encoding, broadcast studio and videoconferencing
  • Military and multi-channel video surveillance
  • Small displays for automotive and military portable equipment
  • Document imaging

To learn more, visit Altera's Video and Image Processing Solutions.