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MIPI Alliance Meets the Needs of Autonomous Driving

Presented by Matt Ronning, Sony Corporation

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It is widely expected that future automobiles, especially those featuring Autonomous Driving Systems, will see significant increases in the number of surround sensors, including radar, lidar and cameras. At the same time, it is also expected that improvements in resolution and dynamic range will transform these sensors into very high-rate data sources. Similarly, future vehicles are projected to include multiple high-definition displays, which can be thought of as very high-rate data sinks. The transport of these very high-rate data streams from sensors or to displays is a technical challenge for which MIPI Alliance brings deep expertise from developing similar (C-PHY, D-PHY, CSI-2, etc.) interface standards supporting the mobile handset market.

MIPI Alliance has spent the past year gathering/agreeing on requirements, including studying the effects of functional safety (ISO-26262) and other issues unique to automotive. MIPI has also begun the process of creating specifications for the physical layer of a design that can meet these requirements. This presentation attempts to provide attendees with a status update on MIPI's efforts to support the automotive market.

Matt Ronning, Sony Corporation
Matt Ronning

Matt Ronning is the director of engineering for Sony’s Component Solutions Business Division located in San Diego, Calif. He manages a small engineering team that provides both application and system engineering support for a diverse set of products, including GPS, bluetooth, MMIC devices, power stages, etc. Previous Sony assignments have included managing Sony’s automotive camera business for North America and new business development, with a special focus on the automotive market.

Currently Matt is the chair of the MIPI Alliance’s Automotive Working Group, which is chartered to extend MIPI specifications into the automotive market. His educational background includes an MSEE specializing in communications systems from Arizona State University and a BSEE from the California Institute of Technology.