Two of the most significant MIPI highlights of 2020 were the eagerly anticipated releases of MIPI RFFE v3.0SM in April and MIPI A-PHYSM v1.0 in September. With the rollout of 5G well underway, and the rapid advancements in ADAS, ADS and IVI automotive applications, these specifications have generated tremendous interest for their roles in enabling these profound transformations.
To share more about what these new specifications bring to their respective ecosystems, both were recently highlighted in industry publications. Here’s a look:
MIPI A-PHY v1.0 and MASSSM featured in EE Times
In a recent EE Times article, James Goel, chair of the MIPI Technical Steering Group, discussed how MIPI A-PHY, the industry’s first standardized long-reach serializer-deserializer (SerDes) physical layer interface specification, will increase innovation while reducing cost, improve functional safety, security and performance, and enable automotive OEMs and suppliers to bring new technologies to market faster.
Along with outlining the key features of MIPI A-PHY, the article also provides an overview of MIPI’s Automotive SerDes Solutions (MASS), the family of specifications being developed to create a flexible end-to-end system for connecting the growing number of cameras and displays with functional safety and security built in. With A-PHY as its foundation, MASS will give OEMs and their suppliers the confidence they need to integrate future technologies that not only meet evolving requirements, but also help to enhance safety, security and the in-car experience.
Jim Ross, chair of the MIPI RFFE Working Group, shared in a recent IEEE Future Networks Tech Focus article how this new version of the world’s de facto standard interface for control of key RF front-end subsystems will support the next wave of 5G applications across IoT, industrial, automotive and other areas by simplifying the configuration, integration and interoperability across different vendors’ components.
The article also discussed the need for low latency common control mechanisms within the RF front-end, why this is essential to bring order to the 5G story, and how MIPI RFFE v3.0 eliminates many of the challenges faced by RF system architects in the early days of 5G rollout.