As MIPI recently celebrated 15 years of developing interfaces for the mobile industry, the benefits of standardization for wired interfaces have proved extensible to industries well beyond mobile. In the case of automotive, for example, the development of common interfaces for the connectivity of autonomous functions like sensing, processing and acting has the potential to improve the economy of scale to reduce cost and improve the integration of advanced functions. [Figure 1 shown above: Automotive functions leveraging the smartphone.]
From IoT communications to mobile video, organizations already have plans to utilize 5G. A recent Gartner survey revealed that 66% of organizations have plans to deploy 5G by 2020. Fortunately, the MIPI Alliance has been working hard to ensure that the high-speed mobile interfaces that devices need to keep up with 5G are ready.
In fact, the first generation of 5G smartphones already use MIPI interface specifications and these specifications will meet device performance needs through 2021.
Q: You’ve been chairman of MIPI for 11 years now. What are some of the most memorable milestones for the organization?
I’ve been involved in MIPI since its inception in early 2003 and have enjoyed every meeting and discussion I’ve had. I have so many memorable moments with many different people, thanks to the melting pot that is MIPI Alliance. My role is both enjoyable and challenging, as we strive to build the Alliance, keep members productive and engaged, and contribute to and add value to ALL the industries we serve by delivering the best interface specifications.
"Effectively, change is almost impossible without industry-wide collaboration, cooperation, and consensus." – Simon Mainwaring, author and founder of We First
Recognizing the need for alliances and other industry groups to work together to solve the complex challenges faced by an industry undergoing enormous change, Autonomous Vehicle Technology magazine has named MIPI Alliance a 2019 ACES Award winner in its Autonomy, Consortia category.