First Combined Testing Event of the MIPI UniProSM and MIPI M-PHY Specifications Sets the Stage for a Fully Integrated Testing Platform
PISCATAWAY, N.J., May 13, 2015 - MIPI®Alliance, an international organization that develops interface specifications for mobile and mobile-influenced industries, today announced the successful completion of a MIPI UniProSMInteroperability Test Workshop hosted by Teledyne LeCroy, April 27-30 in Santa Clara, California. The workshop drew a wide range of participants from a vast MIPI UniProSM and MIPI M-PHY®ecosystem, and included semiconductor companies, testing equipment manufacturers and IP suppliers which demonstrate wide adoption and low risk implementation of these specifications.
Leveraging MIPI M-PHY® v3.0 technology, the MIPI UniProSM v1.6 open specification testing validated significantly improved power savings and data transport performance, with link speed increases of up to 6Gbps per lane, or twice that of the previous MIPI UniProSM specification. The testing also verified the specification’s continued backward compatibility to assure the future proofing of mobile devices.
MIPI UniPro v1.6 transport layer, combined with MIPI M-PHY v3.0, creates the MIPI UniPort-M interface, capable of connecting any application specific protocol. MIPI UniPort-M was designed as a universal, chip-to-chip, interprocess communication that is ideal for mobile communications requiring high speed and low power solutions that are scalable and flexible. To date, several industry organizations have incorporated the MIPI M-PHY and UniPro specifications into their standards, including JEDEC® Universal Flash Storage (UFS) andGoogle’s Project Ara.
“MIPI UniPro v1.6 and M-PHY v3.0 open specifications are easily implemented and versatile solutions that are applicable to a large and varied ecosystem,” said Jürgen Urban, chair of the MIPI UniPro Working Group. “This first interoperability testing of the UniPro/M-PHY protocol stack demonstrated seamless device functionality, while also advancing the idea of a fully integrated testing platform utilizing in-band testing of the physical layer, ultimately lowering risks and costs for industry adopters.”
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Quotes from MIPI Alliance members and the Interoperability Testing Workshop participants
"A solid testing strategy is essential for the success of new interface specifications," said Roland Scherzinger, MIPI Program Manager, Keysight Technologies. "We are excited to see that Keysight's test solutions for UniPro and M-PHY, performing in-band physical layer and protocol layer conformance testing, significantly contributed to the success of the Interoperability event."
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“MIPI UniPro, along with M-PHY, is a robust standard that is adaptable to varied applications with multiple use-cases. L&T Technology Services has been an early implementer and demonstrator of this standard and we’re pleased how it has evolved and matured with an ecosystem being established around it,” said Jos Sebastian, director, IP Technology Solutions, L&T Technology Services. “As an IP provider that demonstrated the first CSI-3 and Interchip solutions, as well as having implemented UFS solutions using UniPro, and witnessing business growth in all these segments, we are confident on the success of this standard. This recent Interop event serves as a catalyst for accelerating adoption and I hope to see similar events in the future, too.”
“MIPI has always emphasized the importance of interoperability testing to the process of specifications and standards development,” said Joel Huloux, chairman of the board of MIPI Alliance. “This interoperability testing workshop of UniPro and M-PHY demonstrated the specifications’ capability to simplify the interconnection of peripherals in order to reduce time-to-market and design costs.”
“The availability of test solutions is critical for the successful design and deployment of M-PHY and UniPro technologies,” said Ross Nelson, general manager of Protocol Insight. “With the success of this interoperability event, vendors can now be confident in the robustness of their designs.”
“The successfully run interoperability testing of UniPro and M-PHY by a variety of MIPI partners is a vital step to ensure quality, compatibility and acceptance of MIPI-based devices in the market. Companies attending the Interop event clearly demonstrated that the infrastructure and ecosystem for UniPro/M-PHY-based devices are available, mature and easily accessible,” said Armin Derpmanns, general manager, Solution Marketing, Toshiba Electronics Europe.
“As an active participant in the MIPI working groups, Synopsys makes significant contributions in driving interoperability across the ecosystem,” said John Koeter, vice president of marketing for IP and prototyping at Synopsys. “By achieving compliance for our silicon-proven DesignWare® MIPIUniPro IP and M-PHY IP, Synopsys gives designers confidence that the IP meets the latest specifications, enabling them to incorporate a complete MIPI IP solution consisting of controller, PHY and verification IP into their SoCs with significantly less risk.”
"The MIPI Alliance UniPro Interop test event proved to be highly successful and we were able to work with all the attendees, providing debug assistance as well as being able to prove out our designs,” said Roy Chestnut, director, Technical Marketing, TeleDyne LeCroy. “The Interop allowed us to validate multiple combinations of device implementations that we could never get accomplished in our lab."
About MIPI Alliance
MIPI Alliance (MIPI) develops interface specifications for mobile and mobile-influenced industries. Founded in 2003, the organization has more than 265 member companies worldwide, more than 15 active working groups, and has delivered more than 45 specifications within the mobile ecosystem in the last decade. Members of the organization include handset manufacturers, device OEMs, software providers, semiconductor companies, application processor developers, IP providers, test and test equipment companies, as well as camera, tablet and laptop manufacturers. For more information, please visit www.mipi.org.