Method for sub-pixel value interpolation

  • US 8,036,273 B2
  • Filed: 08/15/2007
  • Issued: 10/11/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/17/2001
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method for sub-pixel value interpolation to determine values for sub-pixels situated within a rectangular bounded region defined by four corner pixels with no intermediate pixels between the corners, the pixels and sub-pixels being configured for display in rows and columns, pixel and sub-pixel locations in the rows and columns being representable mathematically within the rectangular bounded region using the co-ordinate notation K/2N, L/2N, K and L being positive integers having respective values between zero and 2N, N being a positive integer greater than one and representing a particular degree of sub-pixel value interpolation, the method comprising causing an apparatus to:

  • interpolate a sub-pixel value for a sub-pixel having co-ordinates with odd values of K and L, according to a predetermined choice of either a weighted average of the value of a nearest-neighbouring pixel and the value of the sub-pixel situated at co-ordinates ½

    , ½

    , or a weighted average of the values of a pair of diagonally-opposed sub-pixels having co-ordinates with even values of K and L, including zero, situated within a quadrant of the rectangular bounded region, the quadrant being defined by the sub-pixel having co-ordinates ½

    , ½ and

    the nearest neighbouring pixel;

    interpolate sub-pixel values for sub-pixels having co-ordinates with K equal to an even value and L equal to zero and sub-pixels having co-ordinates with K equal to zero and L equal to an even value, used in the interpolation of the sub-pixels having co-ordinates with odd values of K and L, using weighted sums of the values of pixels located in rows and columns respectively; and

    interpolate sub-pixel values for sub-pixels having co-ordinates with even values of K and L, used in the interpolation of sub-pixel values for the sub-pixels having co-ordinates with odd values of K and L, using a predetermined choice of either a weighted sum of the values of sub-pixels having co-ordinates with K equal to an even value and L equal to zero and the values of sub-pixels having corresponding co-ordinates in immediately adjacent rectangular bounded regions, or a weighted sum of the values of sub-pixels having co-ordinates with K equal to zero and L equal to an even value and the values of sub-pixels having corresponding co-ordinates in immediately adjacent rectangular bounded regions.

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