CAMBRIDGE, England -- The Mobile Industry Processor Interface Alliance (MIPI) has been formed by mobile phone maker Nokia, processor licensor ARM and two leading chipmakers, Texas Instruments Inc. and STMicroelectronics, the companies said Tuesday (July 29, 2003).
The intention is to accelerate the creation of mobile products by defining standard hardware and software interfaces for microprocessors intended for mobile equipment, the companies said.
MIPI, which is actively recruiting more members, is an evolution of the OMAPI interface created by ST and Texas Instruments (see December 12, 2002, story). This had grown from the OMAP development within Texas Instruments. OMAP originally stood for Open Multimedia Applications Platform.
The response to the OMAPI initiative was very strong and indicated the need for a more representative and formal industry organization, the companies said. The MIPI Alliance has been established as an incorporated not-for-profit entity open to a wide range of member companies.
The MIPI Alliance is intended to complement existing standards bodies such as the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) and 3GPP. While these organizations focus on services and air interfaces, respectively, the MIPI Alliance is focused on microprocessors, peripherals and software interfaces.
Ten working groups are to be established to develop specifications in the areas of camera and display interfaces, software abstraction, communications interfaces and system control, the founders said.
The MIPI Alliance is to have a tiered membership structure and expects to announce new members in the third quarter of 2003.
"ARM will upgrade its PrimeXsys(TM) Platform to be compliant with the MIPI standards enabling semiconductor partners to quickly develop MIPI-compliant application processors," said Mike Inglis, executive vice president of marketing at ARM, in a statement.
"TI will make its OMAP application processors compliant with the MIPI standard and work with the other members of the MIPI Alliance to bring mobile services to market more quickly while growing the market for the entire mobile industry value chain," said Alain Mutricy, TI vice president and worldwide OMAP general manager.