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MIPI Alliance: standartization reaches mobile devices

Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) Alliance, created by ARM, Nokia, STMicroelectronics and Texas Instruments ad exemplum Open Mobile Alliance or 3GPP for defining open industrial standards for hardware and software interfaces for mobile devices, grew membership to 39 companies.

The group that joined MIPI includes Toshiba, Intel, Motorola. The latter two that automatically joined the board of directors had been refraining from MIPI membership before exactly because the alliance was focused on TI OMAP promotion as a worldwide standard. Now I guess the MIPI purposes will be significantly extended. This is how MIPI Alliance envisions its role in defining standards for mobile devices:


According to the documents published at MIPI.org, the MIPI 1.0 was approved last year, while MIPI v2.0 — already this year. The list of issues which MIPI is focused on makes it clear that the standard covers almost all mobile device interfaces, from memory to information security:


In other words, standards reached this IT market segment as well. Pity, there is only general wording at the website and no documents are open for public access. However, it won´t be a surprise for me, if more details on the new standard will be disclosed in the nearest future, e.g. at IDF Fall 2004.

P.S. The complete list of MIPI Alliance members now includes: ARM, Agilent Technologies, ATI Technologies, Atsana, Austriamicrosystems, Cambridge Silicon Radio, Dice, Emblaze Semiconductor, Ericsson Mobile Platform, FASL LLC, Icera Semiconductor, Imagination Technologies, IMEC, Intel, Infineon Technologies, Marvell International, Mentor Graphics, M-Systems, Motorola, National Semiconductor, NeoMagic, Nokia, NVIDIA, OmniVision, Philips Electronics, Renesas Technologies, Samsung Electronics, Seiko Epson, Sendo, Siemens AG, Sony Ericsson Mobile, Symbian, Synaptics, Toshiba, Transchip Israel Research, TTPCom, Vimicro, STMicroelectronics, and Texas Instruments.

Actually, considering that FASL LLC is the "offspring" of AMD and Fujitsu, and Renesas Technologies is backed up by Hitachi and Mitsubishi Electric, the list of members is even bigger. As you can see, the whole world is here, so we should expect the new standards rather soon.

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