Today, virtually all 4G smartphones – along with many tablets, connected vehicles and Internet of Things (IoT) devices – use at least one MIPI interface. This broad, deep adoption by mobile and mobile-influenced industries lays the foundation for MIPI specifications to become the de facto standards for 5G devices, too.
A Long History of Enabling the Future
All of MIPI‘s specifications relevant for applications in mobile platforms meet all of the 5G bandwidth, performance and feature requirements through 2021 and beyond. This 5G readiness is due to MIPI Alliance’s long history of anticipating future marketplace requirements and then creating specifications that enable device vendors and their suppliers to meet requirements as soon as they emerge. For example, the first MIPI interface provided connectivity between application processors and cameras and displays, thus enabling the first camera phones and virtually every one since.
Systems designers use these and other MIPI specifications extensively for their 3G and 4G devices, so there’s no learning curve to implement them in their 5G solutions. This enables them to get their 5G products to market quickly and cost-effectively. In fact, as of summer 2018, at least four major vendors were already using MIPI interface specifications for their initial 5G smartphones.
MIPI working groups are continually developing new specification versions to ensure that the interfaces continue to anticipate and meet future marketplace requirements for 5G. One example is the MIPI RFFE Working Group, which is developing new RF front-end capabilities such as higher data rates, more transmitter/receiver paths and more flexible programmability.
White Paper Explores 5G Readiness
MIPI released Making the 5G Vision a Reality: A 5G Readiness Assessment of MIPI Specifications. This white paper details how key MIPI specification meets industry bandwidth, performance and feature requirements for a wide variety of 5G use cases, starting with smartphones.