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In-Stat sees 70% shift to MIPI CSI-2 by 2016

Posted: 13 Apr 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:image sensor? processor-to-camera interfaces? camera serial interface? consumer demand projections?

Market intelligence company, In-Stat, has projected that by 2016, up to 70 percent of image sensor interfaces in the electronics industry would use the high-speed camera serial interface (CSI) developed by the Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) Alliance.

In a paper entitled, "Camera Interfaces Go SerialHandsets Leading the Way with MIPI," In-Stat disclosed that more than 225 million tablet PC image sensors would be shipped in 2016 using MIPI's latest serial interface, dubbed CSI-2.

Image sensor or camera interfaces have historically been proprietary and parallel. But, increasing consumer demand for higher-image resolution has pushed the bandwidth capacity of processor-to-camera sensor interfaces beyond their capability to perform effectively.

"Proprietary interfaces prevent devices from different manufacturers from working together and result in industry fragmentation," explained Jim McGregor, In-Stat's chief technology strategist.

The increasing demand has led to the development of high-speed serial interfaces, which, despite incompatibility issues, address many of the shortcomings of parallel interfaces.

The MIPI Alliance was created in 2003 as a non-profit corporation not only to define and promote open standards for interfaces to mobile application processors but, more important, to develop interface specifications that drive consistency in processor and peripheral interfaces. Among the MIPI CSI contributing companies are Agilent, Analog Devices, Aptina, Broadcom, Infineon, Intel, LG Electronics, Motorola, OmniVision, Qualcomm, Renesas, Samsung, Sharp, STM/ST-Ericsson, Synopsis, and Texas Instruments.

These companies' efforts have led to strong MIPI CSI-2 interest across all computing and consumer electronic devices with an image sensor.

"MIPI's CSI-2 and CSI-3 provide the entire electronics industry, not just mobile devices, with a standard that is high-speed, low-power, cost-effective, and scalable," McGregor said.

The In-Stat report also disclosed that smartphones and handsets will account for the largest percentage and highest growth rate of CSI-2 and CSI-3 usage.

According to the report, applications that directly manipulate image sensor data are forcing many manufacturers to shift away from image sensors with integrated ISPs.

In addition, In-Stat also reported that game consoles are expected to be the primary future use of image sensors or cameras in the living room.

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