MIPI Alliance Specifications

MIPI Alliance offers a comprehensive portfolio of specifications to interface chipsets and peripherals in mobile-connected devices. The specifications can be applied to interconnect a full range of components—from the modem, antenna and application processor to the camera, display, sensors and other peripherals. Manufacturers use the specifications to optimize performance, simplify the design process, reduce development costs, create economies of scale for their designs, and shorten time-to-market for their products.

Companies from across the mobile industry have adopted MIPI Alliance specifications. Every smartphone uses at least one MIPI Alliance interface and the solutions are commonly used in tablets and laptops. Companies in many vertical markets are also adopting MIPI Alliance specifications for current and future designs. Connected cars developed by automotive firms and wearables offered by sports and healthcare companies illustrate the range of devices and business ecosystems that benefit from MIPI Alliance specifications.

MIPI Alliance specifications serve six types of interface needs in a device: physical layer, multimedia, chip-to-chip/interprocessor communications (IPC), device control and data management, system debugging, and software integration.

Each specification is optimized to address three fundamental performance characteristics: 

  • low power to preserve battery life,
  • high-bandwidth to enable feature-rich, data-intensive applications, and
  • low electromagnetic interference (EMI) to minimize interference between radios and device subsystems.

MIPI Alliance offers its specifications as individual interfaces, enabling companies to use those that suit their own particular needs. Vendors can apply the interfaces with their own high-level features to provide added value or differentiate their products.

Application Areas

Current Specifications

MIPI SLIMbus® v2.0, 18-Nov-2015
MIPI SoundWire® v1.2, 22-Apr-2019

Camera and Imaging
MIPI CCS℠ v1.0, MIPI Camera Command Set, 24-Oct-2017
MIPI CSI-2℠ v3.0, MIPI Camera Serial Interface 2, 10-Sep-2019
MIPI CSI-3℠ v1.1, MIPI Camera Serial Interface 3, 12-Mar-2014
MIPI CPI℠ v1.0, MIPI Camera Parallel Interface, 23-Mar-2004
MIPI CSI℠ v1.0, MIPI Camera Serial Interface, 23-Mar-2004

MIPI DigRF℠ v4 v1.2, 4-Feb-2014
MIPI Dual Mode℠ 2.5G / 3G RFIC v3.09.06, 5-Aug-2011
MIPI LLI℠ v2.1, MIPI Low Latency Interface, 7-Nov-2014
MIPI UniPro℠ v1.8, 11-Jan-2018

Control and Data
MIPI BIF℠ v1.1.1, MIPI Battery Interface, 10-Mar-2015
MIPI BIF℠ Hardware Abstraction Layer v1.0, 22-May-2013
MIPI eTrak℠ v1.1, MIPI Envelope Tracking Interface, 10-Sep-2014
MIPI I3C® v1.0, MIPI Improved Inter Integrated Circuit, 31-Dec-2016
MIPI I3C Basic℠ v1.0, 8-Oct-2018
MIPI RFFE℠ v2.1, MIPI RF Front-End Control Interface, 23-April-2018
MIPI SPMI℠ v2.0, MIPI System Power Management, 28-Aug-2012

Debug and Trace 
MIPI Gigabit Debug for IPS v1.0, 29-Jul-2016
MIPI Gigabit Debug for USB v1.1, 2-Mar-2018
MIPI HTI v1.0, MIPI High-Speed Trace Interface (MIPI HTI), 29-Jul-2016
MIPI NIDnT℠ v1.2, MIPI Narrow Interface for Debug and Test, 5-Dec-2017
MIPI PTI℠ v2.0, MIPI Parallel Trace Interface, 12-Oct-2011
MIPI SPP℠ v2.0, MIPI SneakPeek Protocol, 23-July-2019
MIPI STP℠ v2.2, MIPI System Trace Protocol, 11-Feb-2016
MIPI SyS-T℠ v1.0, MIPI System Software – Trace, 9-Apr-2018
MIPI TWP℠ v1.1, MIPI Trace Wrapper Protocol, 18-Dec-2014

Display and Touch
MIPI ALI3C℠ v1.0, MIPI Adaptation Layer for I3C, 09-Apr-2018
MIPI DBI℠ v1.0, MIPI Display Bus Interface, 22-Mar-2004
MIPI DBI-2℠, MIPI Display Bus Interface 2, 16-Nov-2005
MIPI DCS℠ v1.4, MIPI Display Command Set, 2-May-2018
MIPI DPI-2℠ v2.00, MIPI Display Pixel Interface 2, 23-Jan-2006
MIPI DPI℠ v1.0, MIPI Display Pixel Interface, 23-Mar-2004
MIPI DSI-2℠ v1.1, MIPI Display Serial Interface 2, 2-May-2018
MIPI DSI℠ v1.3.1, MIPI Display Serial Interface, 17-Dec-2015
MIPI SDF℠ v1.0, MIPI Stereoscopic Display Formats, 14-Mar-2012
MIPI TCS℠ v1.0, MIPI Touch Command Set, 09-Apr-2018

Physical Layers
MIPI C-PHY℠ v2.0, 09-Sep-2019
MIPI D-PHY℠ v2.5, 17-Oct-2019
MIPI M-PHY® v4.1, 28-Mar-2017
MIPI HSI℠ v1.01, MIPI High-Speed Synchronous Serial Interface, 25-Jan-2009

Software Integration
MIPI DDB℠ v1.0, MIPI Device Descriptor Block,12-Oct-2011
MIPI DisCo℠ v1.0, MIPI Discovery and Configuration (DisCo) Specification, 28-Dec-2016
MIPI DisCo for I3C, 18-Jun-2019
MIPI DisCo for NIDnT, 24-Oct-2017 
MIPI DisCo for SoundWire v1.0, 28-Mar-2017
MIPI I3C℠ HCI℠ v1.0, 29-Sep-2017