A Multimode SoC FPGA-Based Acoustic Camera for Wireless Sensor Networks

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference paper

10 Citations (Scopus)


Acoustic cameras allow the visualization of sound
sources using microphone arrays and beamforming techniques.
The required computational power increases with the number
of microphones in the array, the acoustic images resolution,
and in particular, when targeting real-time. Such computational
demand leads to a prohibitive power consumption for Wireless
Sensor Networks (WSNs). In this paper, we present a SoC
FPGA based architecture to perform a low-power and real-time
accurate acoustic imaging for WSNs. The high computational
demand is satisfied by performing the acoustic acquisition and
the beamforming technique on the FPGA side. The hard-core
processor enhances and compresses the acoustic images before
transmitting to the WSN. As a result, the WSN manages the
supported configuration modes of the acoustic camera. For
instance, the resolution of the acoustic images can be adapted ondemand
to satisfy the available network’s BW while performing
real-time acoustic imaging. Our performance measurements show
that acoustic images are generated on the FPGA in real time
with resolutions of 160x120 pixels operating at 32 frames-persecond.
Nevertheless, higher resolutions are achievable thanks
to the exploitation of the hard-core processor available in SoC
FPGAs such as Zynq.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Symposium on Reconfigurable Communication-centric Systems-on-Chip
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jul 2018
EventInternational Symposium on Reconfigurable Communication-centric Systems-on-Chip - Lille, Lille, France
Duration: 9 Jul 201811 Jul 2018
Conference number: 13

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 13th International Symposium on Reconfigurable Communication-Centric Systems-on-Chip, ReCoSoC 2018


ConferenceInternational Symposium on Reconfigurable Communication-centric Systems-on-Chip
Abbreviated titleReCoSoC
Internet address


Dive into the research topics of 'A Multimode SoC FPGA-Based Acoustic Camera for Wireless Sensor Networks'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this