Features and Benefits

  • Target Processor: Code compatible across the Blackfin ADSP-BF5xx and ADSP-BF6xx processor Family
  • Release format: Object code module with C source wrapper
  • Input format: RGB, YUV 4:4:4, YUV 4:2:2, rotated YUV 4:2:2, YUV 4:2:0, or Y-only (YUV 4:0:0 / monochrome)
  • Input data resolution: 8 bits
  • Compression rate/Quality of encoded image can be controlled by selecting quality factor or using adaptive quantization
  • Quantization tables can be custom defined by the user
  • Output format: JPEG bit stream encoded using Baseline, Extended Sequential DCT Process (Huffman coding), or Progressive DCT Process (Huffman coding)
  • Supported Transport Formats: A separate sub-module is required to encapsulate JPEG frames within a transport stream. Example source code is available for M-JPEG AVI
  • Supported Meta-data File Formats: A separate sub-module is required to write meta-data to an encoded JPEG bit stream. Example source code is available for EXIF, JFIF, and Adobe®
  • Framework dependencies: None
  • Multi-threading: Fully re-entrant and multi-instancing capable
  • Compliant with ISO/IEC 10918-1:1993 (ITU-T T.81)
  • Rigorous interoperability testing across many commercially available platforms and open source viewers/applications

Product Details

JPEG is the image compression standard developed by the Joint Photographic Experts Group. It works best on natural images (scenes).

The JPEG encoder has been highly optimized to run on the Analog Devices' Blackfin® processor family. It is a self-contained software module that is fully compliant with ISO/IEC 10918-1:1993 (ITU-T T.81). This software has undergone rigorous interoperability testing across many commercially available platforms, and open source applications. This module can be used to build a Motion-JPEG video system, for example using the AVI file format.

The module uses a C-callable API that includes a number of system interface hooks via user call-back functions. This allows better customization and optimization of data input/output integration, and meta-data processing (for example EXIF). The code has no dependencies on processor peripherals or registers, adding greater system flexibility and ease of use.

Downloads And Related Software

Software Development Tools

CrossCore® Embedded Studio

CCES is a world-class integrated development environment (IDE) for the ADI Blackfin®, SHARC® and Arm® processor families.

VisualDSP++ 5.1

VisualDSP++ for Blackfin, SHARC, and TigerSHARC processors is an easy-to-install and easy-to-use integrated software development and debugging environment (IDDE) that enables efficient management of projects from start to finish from within a single interface.


Each module supports the Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) Blackfin or SHARC Processor family and is a licensed product that is available in object code format. Recipients must sign or accept a license agreement with ADI prior to being shipped or downloading the modules identified in the license agreement.

Performance Metrics

MIPS/Memory summary table:

        Average Cycles
Blackfin Processor
Code RAM

Data RAM

Constant Data Tables
Total Cycles (x106)  Cycles/pixel
 12.6  48.1
ADSP-BF609   11.9  45.4
ADSP-BF707 11.0 42.0

  • This table highlights example Blackfin processors and expected cycle counts. Some Blackfin processors include additional L2 on-chip memory which can help reduce cycles when fully utilised. Similarly, processors with higher bandwidth external memory interfaces (32-bit versus 16-bit, and DDR versus SDRAM) will require a lower cycle count.
  • Cycles and memory measured using standard Mandrill 512x512 YUV420 image, with compression ratio 9 (quality factor 40) in sequential encoding mode, running on ADSP-BF533/BF609/BF707 with optimum memory layout.
  • BF533 Core Clock = 594 MHz, System Clock = 118 MHz; BF609 Core Clock = 500 MHz, System Clock = 250 MHz, Dynamic Mem Clock = 250 MHz; BF707 Core Clock = 400 MHz, System Clock = 200 MHz, Dynamic Mem Clock = 200 MHz.
  • Code compatible across all Blackfin processors, with silicon anomaly workarounds implemented.
  • "Data RAM" for one instance, includes scratch buffer, stack, and minimum heap memory.
  • 1 KiB = 1024 Bytes.

Systems Requirements

  • Windows XP Professional SP3 (32-bit only).
  • Windows Vista Business/Enterprise/Ultimate SP2 (32-bit only). It is recommended to install the software in a non-UAC-protected location.
  • Windows 7 Professional/Enterprise/Ultimate (32 and 64-bit). It is recommended to install the software in a non-UAC-protected location.
  • Windows 8 Professional/Enterprise (32 and 64-bit). It is recommended to install the software in a non-UAC-protected location
  • Minimum of 2 GHz single core processor, 3.3 GHz dual core is recommended.
  • Minimum of 1 GB memory (RAM), 4 GB is recommended.
  • Minimum of 2 GB hard disk (HDD) space is required.
  • CrossCore Embedded Studio for Analog Devices Processors.
  • VisualDSP++ 5.1 for Analog Devices Processors with the latest update.

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