The MIPI Alliance is a non-profit corporation that operates as an open membership organization. All companies in the mobile device industry are encouraged to join, including semiconductor companies, software vendors, IP providers, peripheral manufacturers, test labs and end product OEMs. Today, more than 220 member companies actively participate in the Alliance, developing interface specifications which drive consistency in processor and peripheral interfaces, promoting reuse and compatibility in mobile devices.
A recent research report from IPNest offers insight into the rate of adoption for MIPI specifications.
Source: IPNest Research report entitled "Explosion of MIPI IP Penetration in Wireless" by Eric Esteve, 2010
The mission of the MIPI Alliance is to benefit the entire mobile industry by establishing standards for hardware and software interfaces in mobile devices. The organization actively promotes and encourages the adoption of these specifications throughout the industry value chain.
Adopting a set of standard hardware interfaces will produce peripheral hardware products from multiple vendors which work seamlessly with numerous processor and system-on-a-chip products. Since software is an integral component of many of these interfaces, some level of software standardization will enhance this improved inter-connectivity. A common set of interfaces will maximize design reuse, drive innovation and reduce time-to-market for all participants.
The role of the MIPI Alliance is complementary to other industry organizations such as Open Mobile Alliance, 3GPP, MEMS, USB-IF, JEDEC, etc. yielding benefits across the industry.
The MIPI Alliance is focused on mobile devices, ranging from smartphones, wireless-enabled tablets and netbooks. The distinctive requirements of mobile terminals drive the development of MIPI Specifications.
The MIPI Alliance supports the use of MIPI Specifications in such products, although they are not a focus of the organization, nor do the unique requirements of such products drive the development of MIPI Specifications.
MIPI specifications may impact both hardware and software in mobile devices.
From a hardware perspective, a processor or system-on-a-chip typically has several ports or busses which interface to a variety of peripherals such as displays, cameras, memory, or communications devices. In addition, there may be interconnections among the peripheral devices. The MIPI Alliance is constantly analyzing these interconnect scenarios, and pursuing MIPI Specifications in those cases where standardization is likely to benefit the industry.
MIPI Specifications address only the interface technology, such as signaling characteristics and protocols. MIPI Specifications do not standardize entire application processors or peripherals. Products which utilize MIPI Specifications will retain many differentiating features. The MIPI Alliance does not seek to “commoditize” or drive pin-compatible, drop-in replacements among these products. Rather, we seek to create standards for these products to communicate with each other. By enabling products which share common MIPI interfaces, system integration is likely to be less burdensome than in the past.
The MIPI Alliance is agnostic regarding air interface or wireless telecommunication standards. Because MIPI Specifications address only the interface requirements of application processor and peripherals, MIPI Compliant products are applicable to all network technologies, including GSM, CDMA2000, WCDMA, PHS, TD-SCDMA, and others.
All MIPI Specifications are published in accordance with the MIPI Alliance Bylaws document (pdf).
Unlike other singularly focused standards organizations, MIPI Alliance addresses the entire mobile device - from the antenna and peripherals to the modem and application processor.