Subject description - A2B31HPM

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A2B31HPM Hardware for Multimedia
Roles:PO, V Extent of teaching:2P+2L
Department:13131 Language of teaching:CS
Guarantors:  Completion:Z,ZK
Lecturers:  Credits:6
Tutors:  Semester:Z


Subject provides concise basic overview of hardware used in multimedia (MM). It however does not try to achieve an encyclopedic completeness - instead of it, detailed analysis is carried out for selected blocks containing interesting technical solutions and more general principles. The main focus is specialization of digital function blocks for processing of MM data. Analog circuits are described manly as a complement to digital core. Frequent examples of MM data are used to illustrate functions of individual HW blocks.

Study targets:

Explain basic principals of hardware used in multimedia data processing. Make sure student can select appropriate blocks for the task in hand and understands basic principals of their programming.

Course outlines:

1. Overview od MM data
2. Acoustic data input/output
3. Sound a audio/video cards
4. Multimedial operations support in microprocessors
5. Signal processors
6. Special structures and HW accelerators
7. Compression and decompression of acoustic and image data
8. Transmission of MM data
9. Interfaces of MM information storage devices
10. Security of MM data
11. Authoring, edits and classification of MM data
12. Parallel operations on MM data and connection via communication hardware
13. HW for interaction with user
14. reserve

Exercises outline:

1. PC for MM overview
2. A/D, D/A, aliasing
3. Sound cards
4. Power amplifiers
5. MM operations in PC processors
6. Signal processors
7. Compression
8. Acceleration in graphics cards
9. Cluster computing in MM rendering
10. Transmission of data
11. HW for user interaction
12. Presentaions of individual works
13. Presentaions of individual works
14. Asessment


1. Madisetti, V. K.: VLSI Digital Signal Processors, Butterworth-Heinemann, 1995
2. Bhaskaran, D.: Image & video compression standards: algorithms & architectures. Kluwer series in engineering & computer science, 1997
3. online sources, current pointers at


Assesment is based on participation in seminar work and presentation of individual work.



hardware, multimedia, DSP, audio, video

Subject is included into these academic programs:

Program Branch Role Recommended semester
BPKME2 Multimedia Technology PO 5
BPOI1 Computer Systems V 5
BPOI_BO Common courses V 5
BPOI3 Software Systems V 5
BPOI2 Computer and Information Science V 5
BPKYR1 Robotics V 5
BPKYR_BO Common courses V 5
BPKYR3 Systems and Control V 5
BPKYR2 Sensors and Instrumentation V 5
BPKME5 Komunikace a elektronika PO 5
BPEEM1 Applied Electrical Engineering V 5
BPEEM_BO Common courses V 5
BPEEM2 Electrical Engineering and Management V 5
BMI(ECTS) Manager Informatics V 5
BWM(ECTS) Web and Multimedia V 5
BIS(ECTS) Intelligent Systems V 5
BSI(ECTS) Software Engineering V 5

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