Mixel’s multi-standard PHY IP enables world’s smallest 1080p microdisplay for AR and HUD applications
San Jose, CA – February 19, 2020 - Mixel®, a leading provider of mixed-signal intellectual property (IP), and Compound Photonics U.S. Corporation (Compound Photonics), a leading provider of compact high-resolution microdisplay solutions for Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR) applications, announced today that Mixel’s MIPI® IP has been successfully integrated into the Compound Photonics CP1080p26 series of microdisplays.
The CP1080p26 displays feature an industry-leading pixel pitch measuring at 3.015μm. Developers can now take advantage of the high resolution and small form factor of the CP1080p26 to create innovative products such as AR and MR smart glasses and automotive holographic heads-up displays (HUD).
Mixel provided Compound Photonics with the MIPI C-PHYSM/D-PHYSM combo and controller IP. Compound Photonics achieved first-time silicon success with this IP and is now in full production. The MIPI solution includes two IP products delivered fully integrated and validated: Mixel’s C-PHY/D-PHY receiver and a 64-bit MIPI DSI-2SM Peripheral Controller Core. The DSI-2 Peripheral Controller Core is developed by Northwest Logic, a Rambus company and active participant in Mixel’s MIPI Central Ecosystem Partnership, which brings together best-in-class MIPI ecosystem stakeholders. By leveraging Mixel’s C/D-PHY multi-standard combo solution, the CP1080p26 has the flexibility to support interfaces for both the camera and display, with enhanced bandwidth and capacity of C-PHY as needed.
The D-PHY link can operate with 1 to 4 lanes at 2.5Gbps per lane and the C-PHY link supports 1 to 3 lanes, each lane running at 2.5Gsps, which is equivalent to 5.7Gbps. The result is an aggregated data rate of 10Gbps in D-PHY mode and 17.1Gbps in C-PHY mode. Both C-PHY and D-PHY modes support lane and polarity swapping. This differentiating feature gives the user the ability and flexibility to interface to different data sources with one single solution.
This IP was optimized to meet Compound Photonics’ strict area and power requirements. The IP not only shares the serial interface pins, but Mixel’s design also reuses all MIPI D-PHY functional blocks for the C-PHY, minimizing area and leakage power.
“Mixel’s differentiated PHY IP features, long successful track record and leadership in MIPI PHY were the main reasons we selected Mixel to be our MIPI partner,” said Compound Photonics VP of Engineering, Ian Kyles. “The bring up effort went exceptionally smoothly, was completed in record time, and we achieved first time-success, all thanks to Mixel robust design, comprehensive documentation, and outstanding support through the design cycle.”
Mixel MIPI PHY IP has been silicon-proven at nine different nodes and eight different foundries with more processes under active development, giving Mixel the widest coverage in the industry.
“Historically, most of earlier C-PHY use-cases were for camera applications, so it is exciting to see the C-PHY/D-PHY combo PHY gaining wider adoption in display applications,” said Ashraf Takla, Mixel’s President and CEO. “We anticipate increasing adoption of C-PHY and multi-standard PHY as display applications continue to require higher bandwidth and more design flexibility.”
Mixel C-PHY/D-PHY combo IP is available now.
For more information on Mixel’s IP portfolio, please visit https://mixel.com/ip-cores.
Mixel is a leading provider of mixed-signal IPs and offers a wide portfolio of high-performance mixed-signal connectivity IP solutions. Mixel’s mixed-signal portfolio includes PHYs and SerDes, such as MIPI D-PHYSM, MIPI M-PHY®, MIPI C-PHYSM, LVDS, and many dual mode PHY supporting multiple standards. Mixel was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in San Jose, CA, with global operation to support a worldwide customer base. For more information contact Mixel at email@example.com or visit www.mixel.com. You can also follow Mixel on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.
About Compound Photonics:
Compound Photonics is a pioneer in compact high resolution microdisplay technologies. Our microdisplay solutions are optimized to serve the augmented reality and mixed reality markets where high performance, small form factor, and low power consumption are most critical. Compound Photonics’ microdisplays enable engineers to innovate and create cutting edge consumer and industrial products that can greatly enhance the lives of people.
About MIPI Alliance:
MIPI Alliance (MIPI) develops interface specifications for mobile and mobile-influenced industries. There is at least one MIPI specification in every smartphone manufactured today. Founded in 2003, the organization has over 300 member companies worldwide and 14 active working groups delivering specifications within the mobile ecosystem. Members of the organization include handset manufacturers, device OEMs, software providers, semiconductor companies, application processor developers, IP tool providers, automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers, test and test equipment companies, as well as camera, tablet and laptop manufacturers. For more information, please visit www.mipi.org.