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    MIPI Lifetime Achievement Award and MIPI Camera Working Group – A Conversation with Tom Kopet

    Q: Congrats on your recent MIPI Lifetime Achievement award. Tell us how long you’ve been involved with MIPI, which working groups you participate in and a bit about your background.

    Thank you! It’s still surprising to me that I’ve been involved with MIPI for over 15 years. My technical career began about 40 years ago in the aerospace defense business, initially focused on DSP and image processing software and algorithms, and later moving to digital chip architectures and systems for applications such as high-speed IEEE floating point arithmetic and real-time MPEG video compression. I joined Micron Imaging in 2003, the precursor to Aptina Imaging, and image sensors have been my focus since then. Aptina was acquired by ON Semiconductor in 2014, and I’ve had the privilege of successively representing Micron, Aptina, and ON as a MIPI Camera Working Group (CWG) member since the early days of the group. I’ve served as CWG vice chair for the last four years or so. I also occasionally participate in the PHY working group and generally try to keep up with most MIPI technical activities.

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    Tags: Camera

    Developer Kits with MIPI Camera And Display Support Provide a Fast Track for Designs

    Advanced high-resolution cameras and displays are at the core of many new electronic devices, enabling continuously more sophisticated vision-based services and enhanced user experiences. Integrated cameras and displays can now be found in a wide array of devices, from traditional devices such as smartphones, tablets and PCs, to a new wave of connected devices within the “Internet of Things,” encompassing every type of connected device imaginable.

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    Tags: Camera, Display

    Developing Vision Systems with Dissimilar Sensors

    Written by: Lattice Semiconductor
    12 August 2020

    As designers are challenged to integrate an increasing number of sensors in products, aggregating different data streams from dissimilar sensors (e.g., imaging cameras, lidar, radar) is the new normal for input/output-(I/O) constrained application processors. A central challenge across many use cases—such as drones, AR/VR, and automotive—is how to get multiple data streams into the I/O-constrained system-on-chip (SoC) processor.

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    Tags: Camera, Sensors

    Addressing the Challenges in High-Volume Production Testing of MIPI-Specification-Based Devices

    The latest trend for semiconductor device manufacturers is to add several high-speed MIPI® specification-based ports to a single device. This enables feature-rich implementations of imaging- and display-intensive applications, although it also poses significant challenges for production test engineers who are tasked with creating high-fault coverage testing solutions on automated test equipment (ATE). Such fault coverage often entails creating a parallel, at-speed, system-oriented functional test while simultaneously grappling with the limitations of legacy ATE and the complexity of the MIPI protocols being tested. This post describes production testing methodologies of MIPI-based devices on any ATE platform, whether it is at the wafer test stage or the final test stage.

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    Tags: Camera, Test, D-PHY, C-PHY

    New Version of MIPI Camera Command Set (CCS) Now Available

    For developers whose work involves the implementation and control of image sensors, MIPI Alliance’s recently released version of its MIPI Camera Command Set (MIPI CCS℠) enables greater flexibility, faster time to market and supports more advanced capability reporting use cases.

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    Tags: Camera, CCS

    A Look Under the Hood at MIPI CSI-2 and MIPI DSI-2 in Automotive

    Written by: Hezi Saar, MIPI Alliance Board Member
    28 January 2020

    Rapidly emerging automotive technology is generating new demands for common standards in cameras and displays, essential components for both advanced driving assistance, autonomous vehicles and infotainment for years to come. The MIPI Alliance is already addressing these needs through constant improvement of its camera and display specifications, which have evolved from the earliest protocols that MIPI Alliance introduced to help kick-start the smartphone industry more than a decade ago.

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    Tags: Automotive, Camera, Display