Electronics & Computers

MIPI Forms Sensor Birds of a Feather Group

November 13, 2012

Open to non-MIPI member companies, the group will investigate sensor-interface standardization challenges hindering the integration of sensors into mobile platforms.

Piscataway, NJ - The MIPI Alliance announced the formation of an open Birds of a Feather (BoF) group that will investigate the requirements related to integrating sensors into mobile systems. The group will address current challenges facing the sensor and wireless markets, including a fragmented digital interface landscape, the rapidly expanding ratio of sensors per device, varied signals per device, and nonscalable architectures. The Sensor BoF is open to non-MIPI member companies, ensuring the group receives input from the broad sensor and wireless device ecosystem. For more information, visit the alliance's Web site.

According to IHS iSuppli, revenues for MEMS sensors in mobile handsets and consumer products is expected to top $2.5 billion in 2013, up from $1.1 billion in 2008 and reflecting an 18% CAGR in the 2008–2013 timeframe. MEMS Industry Group (MIG) Managing Director Karen Lightman also sees strong interest among many of her members in advancing sensor technology in wireless applications.

"The massive proliferation of sensors in diverse applications is driving the trend toward standardization of sensor interfaces," said Karen Lightman, Managing Director, MEMS Industry Group. "With MEMS playing a major role in the adoption of sensors worldwide, we recognize the importance of investigating the requirements needed to address this rapidly growing space. We are excited to work with MIPI Alliance as they explore the issues at stake in sensor-interface standardization."

"MIPI Alliance members—from semiconductor manufacturers to mobile device OEMs—have been considering this issue for some time," said Joel Huloux, Chairman of the Board of the MIPI Alliance. "The Sensor BoF gives us an opportunity to talk with key sensor stakeholders, and ensures we develop technology that the market truly wants and needs."

As one of the group's first efforts, MIPI Alliance joined with MIG to conduct member-based market research, uncovering the current sensor interface landscape and the technical requirements necessary to meet growing mobile sensor demands. While the need for a sensor interface standard was not immediately apparent, there was a clear gap between the technology of today and the needs of the future. Closing that gap will be a primary focus of the Sensor BoF group.

The MIPI Alliance welcomes all members of the sensor device ecosystem to join the Sensor BoF group. Click here for more details.

About MIPI Alliance
MIPI Alliance is a global, collaborative organization comprised of companies that span the mobile ecosystem and are committed to defining and promoting interface specifications for mobile devices. MIPI specifications establish standards for hardware and software interfaces that drive new technology and enable faster deployment of new features and services.

MIPI is a registered mark of the MIPI Alliance Inc.

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