At the beginning of December in Paris I had the opportunity to make a presentation to a very impressive audience, technical gurus from companies contributing to MIPI Alliance specification were here, including ST-Microelectronics, Intel, Qualcomm, TI, Toshiba, Nokia, Samsung, to name a few.
The goal of my presentation was to review the adoption level of the main MIPI Alliance Specifications. If you take a look at the organization chart below, you will see that close to 15 specification working groups are active (the one group that is not reflected in this diagram is the Sensor group).
When you buy a smartphone or other mobile device, you probably don’t know that various MIPI Alliance specifications are integrated in several ICs - from the Application Processor to the Image Sensor, as well as the RFIC or Display Controller. When examining a smartphone, you will not see which MIPI specifications are used, unlike with USB or HDMI, or even with SATA and PCI Express if you look inside a PC. MIPI Alliance specifications are defined as Chip to Chip, and the only way to assert which MIPI specification is used in a mobile device is to look at the block diagram of the various IC integrated in the system, if the IC chip maker publicly released it… but this is not always the case.
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