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Versatile Physical Layer servicing Camera and Display Interfaces

In the last post I asked what is MIPI Alliance’s most popular specification in terms of adoption as of today.

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Posted in Application processor, Baseband processor, Camera, CSI, D-PHY, DigRF, Display, DSI, Image signal processor, LLI, M-PHY, MIPI alliance, Mobile PCIe, RFFE, RFIC, SLIMbus, Smartphone, SoC, SSIC, Storage, Tablet, UFS, Unipro |

 

What is MIPI #1 Specification?

I got several inquiries about adoption rate of physical layers across the mobile and adjacent industries after posting the video showing D-PHY v1.2 silicon on 16nm I realize that it’s debatable if it’s fair to compare one spec vs the other. However, I would like to note that de-facto standard has a lot of weight and it is what sets it apart compared to other potential specifications which only a few vendors select. Once a certain standard is well adopted across the industry, it establishes an entrenched position and cannot be replaced instantly. Any potential replacement standard need to take into consideration backwards compatibility to ensure vendor’s investment in the de-facto standard continues to bear fruits. It requires a phased approach towards replacing a successful standard and it’ll only be possible if the replacement standard has proven benefits compared to the de-facto standard and that the transition period is not long and not painful.

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Posted in Application processor, Baseband processor, Camera, CSI, D-PHY, DigRF, Display, DSI, LLI, M-PHY, MIPI alliance, RFFE, RFIC, SLIMbus, Smartphone, SoC, Tablet, UFS, Unipro |

 

DigRFv4 System Demo

Mobile devices that use baseband processors and RFIC’s require a lot of effort to integrate these componenets together in a very challenging environment: small and slim board, tight casing, lots of RF components that may cause noise. Adding to that integrating new interface between the baseband processor and RFIC makes this integration work even more difficult. Synopsys can assist and reduce the integration risk and interface adoption easy for those who selects to integrate this kind of interface, namely the DigRFv4. Here’s a short video that demonstrates our integration effort with hardware prototyping system that emulates the baseband processor DigRFv4 interface and connects to Fujitsu RFIC hardware system.

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Posted in Baseband processor, DigRF, LLI, M-PHY, MIPI alliance, RFIC, Smartphone, Tablet |

 

TTS: Time-To-Standard

 

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Posted in Baseband processor, DigRF, LLI, M-PHY, MIPI alliance, RFIC, Smartphone, SoC, Tablet |

 

MIPI Interoperability and Conformance: Interview with David Woolf (Part 3)

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Posted in Application processor, Baseband processor, Camera, CSI, D-PHY, DigRF, Display, DSI, Image signal processor, LLI, M-PHY, MIPI alliance, RFIC, SoC, Tablet, Unipro |

 

MIPI DigRF Integration Tutorial in IP Summit

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Posted in Baseband processor, DigRF, LLI, M-PHY, MIPI alliance, RFIC, Smartphone, Tablet |

 

MIPI Interoperability and Conformance: Interview with David Woolf (Part 1)

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Posted in Application processor, Baseband processor, Camera, CSI, D-PHY, DigRF, Display, DSI, Image signal processor, LLI, M-PHY, MIPI alliance, RFFE, RFIC, SLIMbus, SSIC, UFS, Unipro |

 

M-PHY for the Masses

It’s probably one of the most important milestones for the MIPI alliance in my humble opinion. Having made inroads into mobile markets with several specifications, camera CSI-2, display DSI, DigRF and D-PHY to name a few, now it’s the turn of the M-PHY. The most scalable, low power physical layer that can serve multiple end-applications (or protocols). Six end-applications to be precise, yes SIX.

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It’s a Mobile World

 

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Posted in Application processor, Baseband processor, CSI, D-PHY, DigRF, DSI, Image signal processor, LLI, M-PHY, MIPI alliance, RFIC, Smartphone, SoC, SSIC, Tablet, UFS, Unipro |

 

4G: True or False?

The ITU-R specification for IMT-Advanced, the next step in mobile broadband wireless technology was announced this week. ITU finalized their technical evaluation that included operational aspects and determined that LTE-Advanced and WirelessMAN-Advanced that are the compliant versions of LTE and WiMAX. These protocols are regarded as ‘true’ 4G and according to ITU standards the so-called 4G phones we see in the market today that provide higher speeds are not part of the next generation mobile technology covered under IMT-Advanced.

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Posted in Baseband processor, DigRF, LLI, M-PHY, MIPI alliance, RFFE, RFIC, Smartphone, Tablet |