MIPI Alliance is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. I first became involved in MIPI during its formation in 2003 and on reflection this time now seems a primordial era of 2003, when mobile phones with cameras and video-worthy displays were just beginning to crawl onto land, it's hard to believe how far we've come.
Every new generation of cellular technology is a major opportunity for device vendors and their suppliers to grow their mind share and market share by being first to market. 5G is no exception, and companies using MIPI interface specifications have a big head start.That’s because all relevant MIPI specifications already meet 5G system requirements through 2021 and beyond for a wide variety of 5G devices, starting with smartphones. In fact, in summer 2018, several major manufacturers began using MIPI specifications for their initial 5G devices, such as the ubiquitous MIPI CSI-2, MIPI DSI-2, and MIPI RFFE specification to connect RF front-end devices to 5G modems.