The JPEG2000 standard was developed to address a wide range of video and imaging applications, including medical imaging, military and security systems, and digital cinema. To enable these applications, JPEG2000 has many unique features, including scalability, support for regions of interest, lossless support, and low latency. Digital signal processor (DSP)-based JPEG2000 solutions are available, but hardware acceleration is needed to achieve the best
price/performance implementation.


Accordingly, ASSP-based JPEG2000 solutions have been developed, but their fixed nature prevents them from achieving the highest performance, and their long-term availability is a concern in several of the end markets in which this technology is of interest. This paper describes an FPGA-based JPEG2000 implementation that addresses these needs and demonstrates the significant performance, cost, and integration benefits that it provides.