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MIPI CSI-2 penetration to surpass 70% in consumer devices with image sensors by 2016

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The MIPI Alliance is a non-profit corporation developing interface specifications that drive consistency in processor and peripheral interfaces.  Their efforts have led to strong MIPI CSI-2 interest, across all computing and consumer electronic devices with an image sensor.  According to In-Stat, penetration of CSI-2 in these devices will exceed 70% by 2016.

“Proprietary interfaces prevent devices from different manufacturers from working together and result in industry fragmentation,” says Jim McGregor, Chief Technology Strategist.   “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.” 

The report also highlights that applications that directly manipulate image sensor data are forcing a migration of many devices away from using image sensors with integrated image signal processors (ISPs). Smartphones and handsets will account for the largest percentage and highest growth rate of CSI-2 and CSI-3 penetration. Game consoles are expected to be the primary use of image sensors (and cameras) in the living room.

The following are among MIPI CSI contributing companies: Agilent, Analog Devices, Aptina, Broadcom, Infineon, Intel, LG Electronics, Motorola, OmniVision, Qualcomm, Renesas, Samsung, Sharp, STM/ST-Ericsson, Synopsis, and Texas Instruments.

In-Stat expects over 225 million Tablet PC image sensors to ship using MIPI in 2016, with MIPI CSI-3 representing about 20% of these, and MIPI CSI-2 representing 80%.

Visit In-Stat research at www.in-stat.com


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