A forward-looking high-speed interface that offers scalability and support for both D-PHY and C-PHY

Quick Facts

Key Highlights
  • Supports VESA Display Stream Compression (DSC) and VESA Display Compression - M (VDC-M) standards
  • Will scale in terms of resolution
Physical Layer


Fundamental Features
  • High performance
  • Low power
  • Low EMI
Use Cases

UHD resolution

Embedded displays

Smart meters

Video game devices

Smart watches

Virtual or augmented reality Head-mounted devices

In-sight (glass) devices



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MIPI DSI-2℠, initially published in January 2016, supports ultra-high definition (4K and 8k) required by new and future mobile displays. It specifies the physical link between the chip and display in devices such as smartphones, tablets, AR/VR headsets and connected cars.

MIPI DSI-2 v1.1 incorporates the VESA VDC-M and VESA DSC standards in its transport layer. Companies now have the choice of either codec depending on their bandwidth and power requirements.

For a 30-bit image, VDC-M can enable compression down to 6 bits per pixel providing a compression ratio of up to 5:1, while maintaining visually lossless viewing with no attendant loss of bandwidth.

The combination of VESA’s VDC-M and MIPI DSI-2 and MIPI Display Command Set (MIPI DCS℠) helps systems designers minimize device cost and complexity, maximize battery life and deliver the high-resolution video content that customers seek.

MIPI DSI-2 supports all of the same power-saving features as its predecessor, MIPI DSI®, but adds better resilience to electromagnetic interference by introducing data scrambling.

DSI-2 and PHY Compatibility

Designers can use MIPI DSI-2 on two different physical layers: MIPI D-PHY℠ and MIPI C-PHY℠. The options give designers the flexibility to support different configurations up to four data lanes.

Although the features of MIPI DSI-2 are quite similar to MIPI DSI, the primary difference is its support for C-PHY. However, it also features backward compatibility with DSI on D-PHY. In addition, because MIPI DSI is a mature, stable specification, future developments will be concentrated on expanding the capabilities of MIPI DSI-2.

DSI/DSI-2 PHY Compatibility
  D-PHY 1.01
D-PHY 1.1
D-PHY 1.2
D-PHY 2.0
DSI 1.0 Yes Yes Yes Yes No
DSI 1.1 Yes Yes Yes Yes No
DSI 1.2 Yes Yes Yes Yes No
DSI 1.3 Yes Yes Yes Yes No
DSI-2 1.0 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
DSI-2 1.1 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

MIPI DSI-2 is developed by the MIPI Alliance Display Working Group.

Note: The specification is available only to MIPI Alliance members. For information about MIPI Alliance membership, visit Join MIPI.


Get the Specification

MIPI DSI-2℠ v1.1
Member version


Current Version: 

v1.1 (May 2018)

Next Update: 
v2.0 (in adoption)