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HDL Code Generation for Image Format Conversion from RGB to YUV

This example shows how to generate HDL code from a MATLAB® design that converts the image format from RGB to YUV.

MATLAB Design and Test Bench

design_name = 'mlhdlc_rgb2yuv';
testbench_name = 'mlhdlc_rgb2yuv_tb';

Review the MATLAB design:

function [x_out, y_out, y_data_out, u_data_out, v_data_out] = ...
                        mlhdlc_rgb2yuv(x_in, y_in, r_in, g_in, b_in)

%   Copyright 2011-2019 The MathWorks, Inc.

persistent RGB_Reg YUV_Reg
persistent x1 x2 y1 y2

if isempty(RGB_Reg)
    RGB_Reg = zeros(3,1);
    YUV_Reg = zeros(3,1);
    x1 = 0; x2 = 0; y1 = 0; y2 = 0;

D = [.299  .587  .144; -.147 -.289  .436; .615 -.515 -.1];
C = [0; 128; 128];

RGB = [r_in; g_in; b_in];

YUV_1 = D*RGB_Reg;
YUV_2 = YUV_1 + C;
RGB_Reg = RGB;

y_data_out = round(YUV_Reg(1));
u_data_out = round(YUV_Reg(2));
v_data_out = round(YUV_Reg(3));
YUV_Reg = YUV_2;

x_out = x2; x2 = x1; x1 = x_in;
y_out = y2; y2 = y1; y1 = y_in;

Review the MATLAB test bench:

WIDTH = 752;
HEIGHT = 480;
HBLANK = 10;%748;
VBLANK = 10;%120;

%   Copyright 2011-2019 The MathWorks, Inc.

vidData = double(imread('mlhdlc_img_yuv.tif'));

for f = 1:FRAMES
    vidOut = zeros(HEIGHT, WIDTH, 3);
    for y = 0:HEIGHT+VBLANK-1
        for x = 0:WIDTH+HBLANK-1
            if y >= 0 && y < HEIGHT && x >= 0 && x < WIDTH
                b = vidData(y+1,x+1,1);
                g = vidData(y+1,x+1,2);
                r = vidData(y+1,x+1,3);
                b = 0; g = 0; r = 0;

            [xOut, yOut, yData, uData, vData] = ...
                mlhdlc_rgb2yuv(x, y, r, g, b);

            if yOut >= 0 && yOut < HEIGHT && xOut >= 0 && xOut < WIDTH
                vidOut(yOut+1,xOut+1,:) = [yData vData uData];

Test the MATLAB Algorithm

To avoid run-time errors, simulate the design with the test bench.


Create a Folder and Copy Relevant Files

Before you generate HDL code for the MATLAB design, copy the design and test bench files to a writeable folder. These commands copy the files to a temporary folder.

mlhdlc_demo_dir = fullfile(matlabroot, 'toolbox', 'hdlcoder', 'hdlcoderdemos', 'matlabhdlcoderdemos');
mlhdlc_temp_dir = [tempdir 'mlhdlc_rgb2yuv'];

Create a temporary folder and copy the MATLAB files.

[~, ~, ~] = rmdir(mlhdlc_temp_dir, 's');

Copy files to the temporary directory.

copyfile(fullfile(mlhdlc_demo_dir, [design_name,'.m*']), mlhdlc_temp_dir);
copyfile(fullfile(mlhdlc_demo_dir, [testbench_name,'.m*']), mlhdlc_temp_dir);

Create an HDL Coder™ Project

To generate HDL code from a MATLAB design:

1. Create a HDL Coder project:

coder -hdlcoder -new mlhdlc_rgb_prj

2. Add the file mlhdlc_rgb2yuv.m to the project as the MATLAB Function and mlhdlc_rgb2yuv_tb.m as the MATLAB Test Bench.

3. Click Autodefine types to use the recommended types for the inputs and outputs of the MATLAB function mlhdlc_rgb2yuv.

Refer to Getting Started with MATLAB to HDL Workflow for a more complete tutorial on creating and populating MATLAB HDL Coder projects.

Run Fixed-Point Conversion and HDL Code Generation

  1. Click the Workflow Advisor button to start the Workflow Advisor.

  2. Right click the HDL Code Generation task and select Run to selected task.

A HDL file mlhdlc_rgb2yuv_fixpt.vhd is generated for the MATLAB design. To examine the generated HDL code for the filter design, click the hyperlink to the HDL file in the Code Generation Log window.

Clean Up Generated Files

To clean up the temporary project folder, run these commands:

mlhdlc_demo_dir = fullfile(matlabroot, 'toolbox', 'hdlcoder', 'hdlcoderdemos', 'matlabhdlcoderdemos');
mlhdlc_temp_dir = [tempdir 'mlhdlc_rgb2yuv'];
clear mex;
cd (mlhdlc_demo_dir);
rmdir(mlhdlc_temp_dir, 's');