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MIPI Alliance: Enabling the IoT Opportunity

Kevin Yee, Chair of MIPI Marketing Steering Group
Ian Smith, IoT Specialist and Author of MIPI Alliance IoT White Paper
Kevin Yee, MIPI DevCon 2020 speaker

Kevin Yee

Ian Smith, MIPI DevCon 2020 speaker

Ian Smith

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The coming of the "Internet of Things" heralds a huge growth in new services aimed at enhancing our lives through the ever greater coupling of the physical, social and digital worlds. In what will undoubtedly be a highly competitive market, it will be essential for developers to understand the best technology building blocks available to them and make the right technology choices to ensure both technical and commercial success.

With MIPI Alliance’s focus on delivering specifications for mobile devices that enable state-of-the-art embedded electronic designs that are low complexity, low power and highly efficient, MIPI has a wide portfolio of specifications that are highly relevant and beneficial for use within IoT devices.

This presentation will explain the advantages of using MIPI specifications within IoT devices and provide an overview of the MIPI specifications that are most relevant to the IoT market, explaining the use and applicability of each specification within an IoT context. We'll also explore a variety of IoT vertical industries, highlighting how MIPI specifications can enhance the design of many different types of IoT devices within each vertical sector.


Kevin Yee is director of IP and ecosystem marketing at Samsung Foundry, responsible for driving strategic partners for IP enablement and SoC ecosystem. With more than 25 years in the semiconductor industry, he has served a variety of senior management roles in R&D engineering, product planning, sales, marketing and business development in system, semiconductor, FGPA, IP/VIP and EDA companies. Kevin's background includes system/ASIC design, FPGA architecture, IP development and holds several patents on design architecture. He is actively involved with industry standards organizations such as PCI-SIG, USB I/F, CCIX, CXL, JEDEC and MIPI, driving the latest in industry standards and technologies. He holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the University of California.

Based in the UK, Ian Smith presently works as an independent consultant specializing in the Internet of Things, mobile telecommunications and cyber-security. Working at the forefront of mobile technology for over 20 years, Ian has helped numerous global organizations achieve major technology firsts. This includes helping the GSMA develop the first globally recognized set of IoT security guidelines and leading the GSMA’s development of the first standardized Embedded SIM (eSIM) for IoT services. He has also held leading roles within network operators, including Hutchison (Three UK) and Orange, driving the launch of the world’s first 2.5G, 3G and 4G handsets and services. Most recently Ian has been working with MIPI Alliance to deliver an IoT white paper that outlines how MIPI’s specifications help developers achieve key IoT device design goals such as low power consumption, low cost/complexity and long lifecycles. Ian holds a B.Eng. in electronic engineering and computer science from Aston University, UK.