Median Filter Architecture by Accumulative Parallel Counters

The time to process each of the W/B processing blocks of a median calculation method on a set of N W-bit integers is improved here by a factor of three compared with literature. The parallelism uncovered in blocks containing B-bit slices is exploited by independent accumulative parallel counters so that the median is calculated faster than any known previous method for any N, W values.

The improvements to the method are discussed in the context of calculating the median for a moving set of N integers, for which a pipelined architecture is developed. An extra benefit of a smaller area for the architecture is also reported.

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