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MIPI sets up automotive working group

As the number of sensors in cars continues to increase in the automobile to support passive and active safety, infotainment, advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous driving systems, so to does the need for interface specifications. Looking to meet this need, MIPI has established an Automotive Working Group (AWG).

“[This] marks a significant milestone for MIPI Alliance’s development activity,” said MIPI Alliance chair Joel Huloux. “While MIPI’s focus is foremost on developing interface specifications for mobile devices, automakers already rely on MIPI’s industry-standard interfaces to enable a variety of applications. This additional focus on automotive is a natural extension to broaden MIPI specifications’ applicability.”

The first focus of the group will be to collaborate with other MIPI working groups to develop an automotive physical layer specification for longer reach applications. This work will, according to the Alliance, build upon its successful development of high-speed physical layer specifications for mobile and other devices. The group will also look at other MIPI specifications and determine whether they can be adapted to automotive applications.

Matt Ronning, chair of the MIPI AWG, said: “AWG will help to align key interfaces for cameras, lidars, radars, displays and more with OEMs’ specific requirements in automotive. As new MIPI interfaces are developed, while rooted in mobile, they will now also have an eye toward automotive.”

Graham Pitcher

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