What does "MIPI" stand for?

When MIPI Alliance was formed in 2003, MIPI was an acronym for “Mobile Industry Processor Interface.”  Because the organization’s specifications today address not only processor connectivity but the full range of interface needs in a device, MIPI Alliance no longer uses the original phrase and MIPI is no longer used as an acronym.

“MIPI Alliance” is the proper use of the brand when referring to the organization. “MIPI Member” is used to refer to a company that joins the organization. “MIPI Specification” is used to refer to a specification that has been adopted by MIPI Alliance.

What are the markets for MIPI Alliance specifications?

MIPI Alliance specifications serve the mobile industry and the ecosystem of mobile-influenced industries that are developing connected devices for vertical markets and the Internet of Things.

In the mobile market, MIPI Alliance specifications are targeted to mobile devices that operate on mobile networks. Typical devices are smartphones, tablets, laptops and hybrid devices.

Who heads up the Alliance?

MIPI Alliance is led by a board of directors. Companies represented on the board include Bosch, Intel, Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics, STMicroelectronics, Synopsys, Texas Instruments and Toshiba. The specifications are developed by working groups, which are chaired by individuals from member companies. Administrative services are provided by IEEE-ISTO.

Many organizations provide specifications to the mobile and personal computing industries. How does MIPI Alliance fit in?

The mobile and computing industries rely on variety of organizations to define the many hardware and software interfaces needed to connect devices to one another and to a network. MIPI Alliance has a very specific role in these ecosystems because it focuses on the signaling characteristics and protocols that internal hardware components need to communicate with each other within a mobile device.

How are the specifications offered to industry?

MIPI Alliance specifications are available as individual interfaces, enabling companies to pick and choose those that meet their particular needs. Companies can implement the specifications with their own high-level designs or features to differentiate or provide added value to their products.

Companies must be members of MIPI Alliance to employ its specifications, however non-member companies benefit whenever they procure and implement components that use its specifications.

What are the general applications and performance characteristics of the specifications?

MIPI Alliance provides specifications that serve manufacturers’ various needs for physical layer, multimedia, chip-to-chip or interprocessor communications (IPC), control/data, debug/trace, and software integration applications.

All of the specifications are designed to address three characteristics essential to successful mobile designs:  1) low power to preserve battery life; 2) high-bandwidth to enable feature-rich, data-intensive applications, and 3) low electromagnetic interference (EMI) to minimize interference between radios and other subsystems in a device.