JPEG encoder IP modules [ developer ]

We offer IP licensing and design support for various in-house developed JPEG encoder modules for real time image compression.


  • Baseline JPEG compliant (ITU T.81), Motion JPEG
  • Up to 12 bits depth possible (default: 8 bit)
  • Super low latency (less than 1/10 of frame duration for rolling shutter cameras)
  • Lossy compression by default
  • Fully bit and cycle accurate co-simulation model available
  • Two-Chip reference design: No external RAM, only FPGA and Ethernet Phy required.
  • Low power consumption due to clock synchronous, distributed operation

The JPEG IP is available in two variants:

  • L1 monochrome or YUV420 multiplexed pipeline (150 MHz pixel clock on Spartan6)
  • L2 dual pipe simultaneous encoding for high quality YUV422, for example 1280×720@60fps (100 MHz pixel clock for default setup, custom platform optimizations possible for higher clocks)

Example configurations / reference designs

The current default JPEG SoC encoder setup, making use of the JPEG L2 encoder, is a fully functional MJPEG (RFC2435 standard) camera network streaming solution, including a stress test option (deterministic pseudo random pattern). Precompiled bit files are currently available for download (free, but registration required) for the following platforms:

Board supply packages for other platforms (based on Xilinx Spartan6, Kintex7) are available and can be ported on request to other FPGA families.

To test this setup on Windows or Linux platforms, a gstreamer installation and a 100M capable Ethernet interface is required. The necessary scripts to run the MJPEG low latency demo are listed in the dombert Product Brief in the documentation section below.

A few example configurations for MJPEG streaming are found in the table below.

Resolution Quality fps Bandwidth [MByte/s]
768×512 90% 33 3.2
768×512 70% 63.33 4.7
1440×960 88% 23.5 7.6
1920×1024 82% 18 7.6

The streaming pipeline is optimized for minimum frame drops using the above gstreamer setup. For a receiver and the network not subject to excessive load, hours of video have been verified without a lost frame.

Simulation models and verification

The JPEG encoder IP L1 and L2 modules are extensively verified against standard compliance using the following techniques:

  • Fully bit accurate co-simulation and coverage to verify loopback software compliance (Encoding->Decoding->Validation). See also [ Link ].
  • Compression bandwidth and FIFO stress tests: Generation of worst-case-compressible image patterns and statistics on FPGA SoC setup
Stress pattern (scaled 2x)

Streaming ‘System on chip’

The embedded system processor ‘dombert’ is programmable in C (GNU toolchain) and allows to freely configure the encoder’s packet queue to support other UDP/IP based transmission standards such as SRTP (with use of a hardware AES encryption IP core).

The setup for the HDR60 development kit is featured by a hardware debug port and GDB test scripts for convenient video hardware debugging.


Various support packages are possible. If you wish to integrate the JPEG IP into your design, you have the following options:

  • Evaluate MJPEG RTP streaming demo using bit file (HDR60 or VIP kit required).
    The default MT9M024 sensor demo delivers up to 1280×960@35 fps. On the VIP kit, the IMX214 setup delivers up to 1920×1080@12 fps.
  • Integrate closed netlist for evaluation into own image pipeline
  • Receive integration help or consulting services concerning:
    • Interfacing [ Ethernet | isochronous USB transfers ]
    • Software format [ RFC 2435 compliance | UVC video class support ]
  • The full package: You can build your own sensor front end around the dombert MJPEG streaming SoC reference design and program it using the GCC SDK

Documentation and further resources

  • dombert MJPEG streaming SoC  product brief: [sdm_download id=”1343″ fancy=”0″]
  • Standalone JPEG IP core documentation [ registered developers only ]
  • Example video captures [ MJPEG AVI 1024×768 or 1280×960 ]
  • Supported sensors: see VisionKit (german)