The MIPI Alliance is a non-profit corporation developing interface specifications that drive consistency in processor and peripheral interfaces. Their efforts have led to strong MIPI CSI-2 interest, across all computing and consumer electronic devices with an image sensor. According to In-Stat, penetration of CSI-2 in these devices will exceed 70% by 2016.
“Proprietary interfaces prevent devices from different manufacturers from working together and result in industry fragmentation,” says Jim McGregor, Chief Technology Strategist. “MIPI’s CSI-2 and CSI-3 provide the entire electronics industry, not just mobile devices, with a standard that is high-speed, low-power, cost-effective, and scalable.”
The report also highlights that applications that directly manipulate image sensor data are forcing a migration of many devices away from using image sensors with integrated image signal processors (ISPs). Smartphones and handsets will account for the largest percentage and highest growth rate of CSI-2 and CSI-3 penetration. Game consoles are expected to be the primary use of image sensors (and cameras) in the living room.
The following are among MIPI CSI contributing companies: Agilent, Analog Devices, Aptina, Broadcom, Infineon, Intel, LG Electronics, Motorola, OmniVision, Qualcomm, Renesas, Samsung, Sharp, STM/ST-Ericsson, Synopsis, and Texas Instruments.
In-Stat expects over 225 million Tablet PC image sensors to ship using MIPI in 2016, with MIPI CSI-3 representing about 20% of these, and MIPI CSI-2 representing 80%.
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