For developers whose work involves the implementation and control of image sensors, MIPI Alliance’s recently released version of its MIPI Camera Command Set (MIPI CCS℠) enables greater flexibility, faster time to market and supports more advanced capability reporting use cases.
MIPI CCS is designed for use with MIPI Camera Serial Interface 2 (MIPI CSI-2SM), which has been broadly adopted to reduce the integration requirements and costs of deploying camera and imaging components in everything from mobile platforms, to IoT, to client devices and automotive.CCS enables the rapid integration of basic image sensor functionalities without device-specific drivers.It also gives developers the flexibility to customize their implementations for more advanced camera and imaging systems.
About the New Version
The newest version, MIPI CCS v1.1, includes support for CCS Static Data to standardize capability and configuration files and faster PHY support—higher than 2.5 Gbps with MIPI D-PHY and 3.0 Gsym/s with MIPI C-PHY. In addition to image sensors supporting I2C/I3C-based CCI, CCS v1.1 can also be used with Unified Serial Link (USL) image sensors. It’s targeted for use with CSI-2 v3.0 but is backward compatible with previous versions.
MIPI is seeing developers use MIPI CCS as a way to not only streamline the configuration of image sensors in mobile devices, but also to reduce the integration requirements and costs that come with deploying camera and imaging components into devices. MIPI CCS v1.1 takes it one step further to give developers even more flexibility and support even more advanced capabilities.
MIPI CCS v1.1 is now available for download by both members and non-members.
Conformance Test Suites
In conjunction with the v1.1 release, the Camera Working Group also published conformance test suites (CTSs) for both CCS v1.0 and CCS v1.1. These CTSs define a set of conformance or interoperability tests for testing against other implementations of the specification. Both CTSs are publicly available on the MIPI Alliance website.