Term Project - Department of Electrical Engineering

EE25266 – ASIC/FPGA Chip Design
Mahdi Shabany
Electrical Engineering Department
Sharif University of Technology
Final Project – Spring 2015
JPEG Image Compression
What is JPEG Compression
JPEG, which stands for Joint Photographic Experts Group (the name of the committee that created the
JPEG standard) is a lossy compression algorithm for images. A lossy compression scheme is a way to
inexactly represent the data in the image, such that less memory is used yet the data appears to be very
similar. This is why JPEG images will look almost the same as the original images they were derived from
most of the time, unless the quality is reduced significantly, in which case there will be visible
differences. The JPEG algorithm takes advantage of the fact that humans can’t see colors at high
frequencies. These high frequencies are the data points in the image that are eliminated during the
compression. JPEG compression also works best on images with smooth color transitions, which will
make sense when I explain below how the algorithm works.
JPEG Algorithm
The algorithm behind JPEG is relatively straightforward and can be explained through the following
1. Take an image and divide it up into 8-pixel by 8-pixel blocks. If the image cannot be divided into
8-by-8 blocks, then you can add in empty pixels around the edges, essentially zero-padding the
2. For each 8-by-8 block, get image data such that you have values to represent the color at each
3. Take the Discrete Cosine Transform (DCT) of each 8-by-8 block.
4. After taking the DCT of a block, matrix multiply the block by a mask that will zero out certain
values from the DCT matrix.
5. Finally, to get the data for the compressed image, take the inverse DCT of each block. All these
blocks are combined back into an image of the same size as the original.
As it may be unclear why these steps result in a compressed image, I’ll now explain the mathematics and
the logic behind the algorithm.
Base Principle of JPEG Compression
The JPEG standard is based on the Discrete Cosine Transform (DCT). It gives a lot of flexibility so as to
obtain a desired compression ration (CR). As presented in figure 1, the base principle of JPEG
compression for color images considers the four main operations: color space conversion and
downsampling, DCT-2D, quantization, Zig-Zag scanning and entropy coding [3] [4].
Color Space Conversion and Downsampling
Three-dimensional space of RGB is commonly used to represent the color space, while threedimensional space of YCbCr is adopted in the system of JPEG compression. So if the base principle of
JPEG compression is employed to deal with the color static image, it is necessary to convert YCbCr color
space into RGB color space, which is given by[1]:
)( )
Considering that it is more insensitive to the information of chrominance
than to the information
of luminance Y in human visual system, so the method to downsample the data of
and by 50% is
used to increase compression ration.
Discrete Cosine Transform (DCT) represents the image as the sum of sinusoids of varying magnitude and
frequencies, the DCT calculation is fairly complex; in fact, this is the most costly step in JPEG
DCT is used to produce uncorrelated coefficients, allowing effective compression as each coefficient can
be treated independently without risk of affecting compression efficiency. The human visual system is
very dependent on spatial frequencies within an image. In fact it is more sensitive to the lower
frequencies than to the higher ones. Thus we can discard information that is not perceptible to the
human visual system and keep the information that is important to it.
The DCT-2D is computed as follows: first, the image data is divided into non-overlapped 8*8 matrix
blocks; second, all of the 8*8 matrix blocks are transformed by the two dimensional Discrete Cosine
Transform, which is given by the following equation.
The result of this equation is an 8*8 matrix representing the frequency domain of the pixel values in the
original 8*8 block. Most of the image data will be retained in only a portion of the matrix.
Quantization is used to allow for a better compression ration, the quantization is the operation that
introduces information losses in the JPEG compression process. The goal of the quantization step is to
generate a sparse matrix to allow a large compression rate at the entropy coding operation.
Quantization is defined as division of each DCT coefficient by the corresponding quantization value
S(u,v) , followed by rounding to the nearest integer, which is given by equation [4]
The matrix of
is represented as follows:
is also called as the coefficient of DCT, in equation [5], the coefficient of
is referred as
the DC coefficient, the others are referred as the AC coefficient. Two kinds of table are needed in the
quantization step: one is the luminance table; the other is the chrominance table. The typical tables
adopted for quantization are given below:
Because Division operations are not efficient for hardware resources, in the most of implementations
they are replaced with multiplication and shift operations. For example, dividing an output DCT
coefficient by quantization value 13 can be expressed as
Where [...] represents truncation to integer value. So the DCT coefficient is actually multiplied by 5041
which is stored in the proposed implementation as the corresponding quantization value and then the
least significant 16 bits are discarded by a shift operation.
Zig-Zag Scanning and Entropy Coding
After quantization is used, the DC coefficient and AC coefficient of each 8*8 block should be read in a
Zig-Zag order, as depicted in figure 2.
Initially, n new DC coefficient is calculated by differential pulse-code modulation (DPCM). The DC
coefficient is the first value in the matrix. It is determined by computing the different value between the
current DC coefficient and the last DC coefficient, as shown in figure 3. If there is no previous block, then
the previous value is set to zero.
Afterwards, the remaining values in the matrix are called as the AC coefficients. These values are
encoded slightly differently using an 8-bit value represented as RRRRSSSS. The run-length, 4 bits RRRR
value, is the number of zeros preceding a non-zero value using the zigzag format of reading the matrix.
The non-zero value is then coded by size, 4 bits SSSS value, as is described for the difference magnitude.
Finally, all of the DC coefficient and the AC coefficients should be coded by Huffman code. While
considering that this is not focus in our research, so it will not be described particularly in this paper.
Your Tasks
You are highly recommended to study the relevant papers available in WEB. Your design should be real
time, so use the technics discussed in class.
You should simulate this system in MATLAB, then you should design and implement a hardware for
complete system, this part should be done by ISE (over VIRTEX 6), although you should write a testbench
and design a test strategy using matlab outputs and ModelSim.
The verified design should be synthesized by Design Compiler and the ASIC flow should be completely
done (using DC and SoC encounter).
All the parts should be documented and be delivered according to this timeline:
MATAB simulation and RTL design and hardware
implementation of YCbCr and DCT and
MATAB simulation and RTL design and hardware
implementation zig-zag and entropy coding
The complete ASIC Flow
Preparing the final report
16 ordibehesht
30 ordibehesht
13 khordad
20 khordad
For each part you need to deliver:
1) A report in pdf file. The report should clearly mention the detail of the design. Also it should tell
us how to test your design and find the related files (both designs and test benches)
2) All codes both in Matlab and Verilog in two separate folders. The file names and signal names
should be consistent in Matlab and Verilog for ease of verification.
3) The designs should be verified with appropriate test vectors. You need to provide post-synthesis
simulation results. You need to provide the test vectors too.
1. Multiplierless and fully pipelined JPEG compression soft IP targeting FPGAs
2. A Novel Parallel JPEG Compression System Based on FPGA