If the term “deprecate” is intended to mean “change from authorized status to nonauthorized and remove from active distribution,” no, MIPI Alliance does not deprecate specifications.
No. MIPI Alliance working groups occasionally discuss changes they expect to make in future specification updates, although these discussions and related documents are informative only and do not set normative requirements.
If a working group intends to set normative requirements, it will create a draft specification that proceeds through the formal review process.
Yes, MIPI Alliance periodically updates its specifications with corrections and improvements. As it releases updates, it recommends that members should implement the newer specification.
No, MIPI Alliance focuses on improving interconnectivity between components. Companies that use MIPI Alliance specifications are free to develop differentiated products, including proprietary internal architectures and bus structures.
Yes. MIPI Alliance specifications address interfaces needed to connect components within a device and as such the specifications are not involved with the air interface. MIPI Alliance specifications have supported the mobile industry’s needs as it evolved from 2G to 3G and 4G and the organization will continue to advance specifications to serve the industry as cellular standards evolve to 5G and beyond.
MIPI Alliance publishes its specifications according to the MIPI Bylaws, which limits distribution to member companies only. Any company can join to become a member.
MIPI Alliance specifications provide common approaches for interfacing components to allow interoperability of components supplied by different vendors. The specifications alleviate the need for proprietary solutions, which saves development time and costs to help companies shorten time-to-market with compelling, feature-rich products for consumers.
MIPI Alliance has a portfolio of many different specifications that have been released and adopted in the market. We stopped counting after 50 or so, but an overview of our more active specifications is available on the specifications page of this website. The specifications are available as individual interfaces, enabling companies to adopt whichever ones they prefer or need to differentiate their designs or support particular technology requirements or architectures.
MIPI Alliance specifications serve six fundamental application areas:
Mobile-influenced industries are those that leverage mobile technologies and the mobile ecosystem to evolve existing products or create new product designs. Two important mobile-influenced industries are the automotive sector and the overall Internet of Things.