The Automotive Birds of a Feather group (Automotive BoF) was founded in September 2017 to solicit industry input from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and their suppliers to enhance existing or develop new interface specifications for automotive applications. The goal is to draw upon participants’ broad, deep expertise to provide guidance into current and future MIPI specifications targeted for use in passive and active safety, infotainment, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and other automotive applications.
Many OEMs and their suppliers already use MIPI Alliance specifications, particularly Camera Serial Interface 2 (MIPI CSI-2) and Display Serial Interface (MIPI DSI), for a wide variety of applications that include collision mitigation and avoidance, infotainment and navigation. The Improved Inter Integrated Circuit (MIPI I3C) specification helps automotive systems designers minimize the complexity, cost and development time for products that use multiple sensors in a space-constrained form factor. Highly sensitive, mission-critical automotive applications also benefit from MIPI interfaces’ low electromagnetic interference (EMI), a capability that’s been proven in billions of mobile phones and other handheld devices.
The Automotive BoF builds on that success by soliciting input from OEMs, tier-one suppliers, component suppliers and related companies. These companies have deep, hands-on insights into how connected vehicles will evolve over the next decade. Automotive experts participating in this group help ensure MIPI Alliance casts a wide net to capture the current and future needs of this changing industry.
Further, within this rapidly developing environment, few standardized solutions are currently available. Similiar to the way that mobile handset manufacturers have benefited from the standardization that MIPI Alliance has provided, automotive OEMs could achieve similar benefits such as lower component costs and faster time to market.
The Automotive BoF's initial focus will be to examine how MIPI specifications can potentially be extended to support communication link distances up to 15 meters, and at the same time support the high data rates associated with cameras and radar sensors for autonomous driving systems.
Group Meetings and Participation
The Automotive BoF welcomes participation from both MIPI Alliance member and non-member companies to represent the broader automotive ecosystem. The Automotive BoF currently convenes via teleconference on a biweekly basis, and face-to-face meetings will be planned as necessary.
Matt Ronning, Sony Corporation
Uwe Beutnagel-Buchner, Robert Bosch GmbH
Join the Auto BoF
The group welcomes MIPI Alliance member companies at all levels, as well as non-member automotive experts: