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MIPI DevCon 2017 highlights interface standards to support automotive market

Peter Lefkin, Managing Director, MIPI Alliance
Peter Lefkin, Managing Director, MIPI Alliance addressing at MIPI DevCon 2017
MIPI DevCon 2017, a technical event organised by MIPI Alliance, has highlighted the new mobile technologies emerging for automotive industry.

The MIPI Alliance is an international organization that develops specifications for mobile and mobile-influenced industries.

As mobile technology rapidly expands into areas such as automotive, augmented/virtual reality and IoT, adopting MIPI specifications offers significant advantages, particularly in speed to market and lowered component costs.

Inaugurated by Peter Lefkin, Managing Director, MIPI Alliance, in the presence of Gaurav Gupta, Principal Secretary, Government of Karnataka, MIPI DevCon 2017 provided education, technical training and a networking forum for implementers of MIPI specifications.

The event was attended by system architects, engineers and engineering managers and witnessed the participation of over 200 attendees.

According to the speakers in the event, in the mobile-influenced market, MIPI Alliance interfaces are playing important roles in the automotive industry and the Internet of Things (IoT). Car manufacturers are using the interfaces to integrate a wide range of components used for safety and infotainment applications and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

IoT vendors are employing the specifications to build a full range of connected-devices, from single-function products to feature-rich wearables and complex robotics systems.

The five tracks that were covered during the conference included MIPI Sensor and Sideband Interfaces – MIPI I3C and MIPI VGI for Sideband GPIO, MIPI Verification and Test – Challenges and Solutions, MIPI Interfaces for Automotive – Implementation Strategies and Use Cases, MIPI Interfaces for Imaging – Applications and Use Cases and MIPI Connectivity – Approaches and Implementations.

The MIPI Alliance has historically developed interface specifications primarily for the Mobile Handset Market. However, MIPI Interfaces are also finding use in Automotive applications where there is a desire to take advantage of low power, low EMI, high performance data links and the significant economies of scale that compatibility with Handset targeted interfaces can bring. Recently the MIPI Alliance has received requests from some Automotive OEM’s and Tier One suppliers to extend the current specification for the Camera to Processor “point-to-point” interfaces in several ways that meet Automotive requirements. A new Automotive sub-Group (AsG) has been formed and is now in the process of gathering requirements for implementing next generation high speed data communications links in Automobiles.

Matt Ronning, Director of Engineering, Sony Electronics, has presented a paper titled “MIPI Alliance Extends Interface Standards to Support Automotive Market (Sony), providing an overview of the activities and approach of this new Automotive group.

Texas Instruments has made presentation under the title, “ADAS High Bandwidth Imaging Implementation Strategies”

Gaurav Gupta, Principal Secretary, Government of Karnataka addressing at MIPI DevCon 2017

Speaking at the inauguration, Gaurav Gupta said, “It is fitting that MIPI has chosen Bengaluru for their first ever conference in India. Bengaluru is the recognized capital of Innovation, thanks to its robust network of leading IT and Electronics companies, research institutions as well as its vibrant startup culture. It is the fourth largest technology cluster in the world and the fifth most preferred destination in the world for the launching of global innovation centers. Close to 70% of India’s chip designers are from Karnataka and the state’s share has been growing at close to 20% CAGR over the last few years. We envision that the state’s output will grow tenfold over the next few years to touch USD 40 billion by 2025.”

He said the state government is planning to strengthen the semi-conductor venture fund launched in 2014-15 and has disbursed close to Rs 21 crores to various startups.

Going forward, the State Government is realigning its focus on high-tech areas like Electronics Hardware, Aerospace, Robotics, 3D printing, Machine Learning and more, and is in the process of setting up Technology Business Incubators and Centres of Excellence (CoE) across the state, he said.

Peter Lefkin, Managing Director, MIPI Alliance, said, “This is our first MIPI conference in India. One of the primary reasons why we chose to bring MIPI DevCon 2017 to India is the fact that India is a big technology development and testing environment. ”

The five track sessions highlighted how developers can apply MIPI specifications to achieve significant performance and integration advantages while shortening time to market and lowering component costs.

DevCon 2017

In addition, the exhibit area offered opportunities for delegates to interact with MIPI member companies and view product demonstrations. Exhibiting companies included BitfiEye Digital Test Solutions GmbH; Cadence Design Systems; Introspect Test Technology, Inc.; Keysight Technologies, Inc.; Lattice Semiconductor Corp.; L&T Technology Services; Mentor Graphics; Mixel, Inc.; Prodigy Technovations Pvt. Ltd.; Synopsys; Tektronix, Inc.; and Teledyne LeCroy.

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