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MIPI Members Convene in San Diego To Collaborate on Specification Development and Honor Member Contributions

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MIPI Member Meeting #66 was held 3-7 June 2024 in San Diego, Calif., drawing 115 participants from 41 member companies for a full week of working group sessions and special events, including the 11th annual awards ceremony to recognize recipients of the 2023 MIPI Alliance Membership Awards.

Groups holding sessions included the MIPI Board of Directors, the Technical and Marketing steering groups, 11 working groups and the Audio Class Software Subgroup. In addition, multiple groups held joint sessions to further collaborate on related specifications and key initiatives.

A comprehensive post-meeting report that includes highlights of each group’s activities, updated development timelines and the latest MIPI Specification Roadmap will be distributed to all MIPI members next month.


Maintaining Momentum on 2024 Initiatives

Setting the stage for the working group sessions to come, the week began with a Technical Steering Group (TSG) meeting, where group chairs and the board of directors discussed the technical roadmap, MIPI software strategy, system models, low-power initiatives and additional topics from IoT Embedded Systems Interest Group, Camera Working Group and Marketing Steering Group (MSG).

The next day's Opening Plenary officially launched the meeting for all attendees, who heard presentations from Sanjiv Desai, MIPI Alliance chair; Jeff Bier, founder of the Edge AI and Vision Alliance; and the chairs of the Camera Working Group, MSG and TSG.

Sanjiv began his remarks by welcoming first-time attendees and MIPI’s newest board representative, Gaurav Arora from Google, and then briefed attendees on 2024 specification releases, the latest liaison activities, recent events and upcoming activities.

Next to the stage was Jeff Bier, who offered insights into trends in computer vision/machine perception with his presentation, “From Sensing to Understanding: The Coming Wave of Machine Perception.” Tom Kopet, chair of the MIPI Camera Working Group, and Kevin Yee and James Goel, chairs of the MSG and TSG respectively, also shared their groups’ recent activities and priorities for 2024 and beyond.


Rounding out the Opening Plenary was the recognition of members who contributed to the recently adopted MIPI Camera Service Extensions (CSE℠) v2.0. Peter Lefkin, MIPI Alliance executive director (right), presented Specification Award plaques to (from left to right) Takashi Miyamoto and Hiroo Takahashi of Sony Group Corporation, Ariel Lasry of Qualcomm Incorporated and (not pictured) Philip Hawkes and Rick Wietfeldt of Qualcomm Incorporated. In addition to the contributors who received plaques at the Opening Plenary, all working group members who participated in the development of these specifications will receive a certificate.

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Awards Ceremony Recognizes 2023 Recipients

MIPI members gathered on 5 June for the annual awards luncheon to honor their colleagues who have gone above and beyond in dedicating their time and expertise to the advancement of MIPI specifications and key initiatives. This year’s event recognized seven award recipients in five categories:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award: George Wiley of Qualcomm Incorporated was recognized for his dedication as chair of the C-PHY Working Group and vice chair of the PHY Steering Group, along with his technical expertise and participation in numerous educational activities.
  • Corporate Award: Valens Semiconductor was recognized for its efforts to advance MIPI automotive initiatives and the adoption of MIPI A-PHY®. The company has taken a leadership role in multiple working groups, provides automotive-related education and promotion at MIPI and industry events, and has been instrumental in the development of the A-PHY Compliance Program. Accepting the award on the company's behalf were Edo Cohen, co-chair of the A-PHY Working Group and vice chair of the TSG; Nadav Banet, lead of the Camera Adaptation Layer Subgroup; and Yair Darshan, member of the A-PHY Working Group.
  • Working Group Leadership Award: Tom Kopet of onsemi was recognized for his steady leadership as chair of the Camera Working Group, successfully coordinating activities to advance camera initiatives, particularly those related to security, the exploration of next-generation MIPI CSI-2® features, and work with key industry liaisons.
  • Distinguished Service Awards:
    • Yasuhiro Kitamura of Sony Group Corporation was recognized for his work in the development and refinement of MIPI C-PHY℠ v3.0, most notably his contributions to the system verification of key components such as jitter-reduced coding, threshold calibration, eye diagram measurement, electrical specifications and common mode noise measurement.
    • Frank Seto of Samsung Electronics, Co. was recognized for his noteworthy achievements as author of MIPI D-PHY℠ v3.5, capturing discussions within the working group in updates to the specification and proving instrumental in its timely release.
    • Marcin Kowalewski of Synopsys Inc. was also selected for his contributions to the D-PHY Working Group. He was recognized for his role in significantly reducing specification ambiguities, actively facilitating various specification assessment activities, and untangling complex interactions between the specification and test domains.
  • Special Achievement Award: Aradhana Kumari of STMicroelectronics was recognized for her notable leadership in MIPI I3C® outreach and education. Her presentations at MIPI events and industry conferences, and participation at test events have helped proliferate I3C among technical audiences around the globe.

Social Event Delivers California History, Culture

Meeting attendees took a mid-week break from their sessions to enjoy a casual evening with colleagues at Fiesta de Reyes, a unique old-California venue within Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. The event included dinner, drinks and live entertainment in a beautiful garden courtyard surrounded by historically themed specialty shops.