Surveillance is the latest video market segment to move towards high-definition (HD) and demand correspondingly high performance video processing capabilities. HD surveillance cameras need to directly encode the image with a high-quality H.264 Encoder, so the image can be realistically transmitted over a standard Ethernet connection.
A main profile H.264 Encoder that can encode an HD video stream in real time requires a silicon platform that combines a high-performance signal processing fabric with low-cost and also low-power " making the latest generation low-cost FPGAs an ideal choice for implementation.
This article describes the architecture of a HD surveillance camera and shows how the entire system is built using a low-cost FPGA.
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