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Turning Cars Into Mobile Devices: MIPI


Everyone remembers their first car – how you could go where you wanted to go, moving faster and going longer distances – you were mobile. Yes, our cars made us mobile, but today’s cars are becoming mobile devices themselves. More than a means of transportation, cars are evolving into complete mobile devices – connecting and connected to the internet, transportation grids, and to each ot... » read more

Dual Mode C-PHY/D-PHY: Enabling Next Generation Of VR Displays


For many years, Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) were strongly linked to gaming and entertainment applications. Today, the VR/AR and their combined version, Mixed Reality (MR), have their applications extended to other domains like healthcare, military, education, manufacturing, retail, marketing and advertising. What are the challenges for next generation VR displays? What makes... » read more

Towards Self-Driving Cars: MIPI D-PHY Enabling Advanced Automotive Applications


Because both viewing and sensing ADAS applications must handle imaging, sensing, high-speed serial communication, and downstream processing functions, Camera Video Processors (CVPs) are always located at the heart of these systems. As more cameras and sensors are added to the system to aid in increasingly complicated tasks, more integrated CVP solutions are required. Ideally, these CVPs should ... » read more

The Expanding Universe Of MIPI Applications


It’s hard to imagine today, but there was a time when mobile phones had no cameras and displays were tiny monochrome LCDs capable of displaying a phone number and not much more. The iconic Nokia 3310 announced Sept. 1, 2000, had an 84 x 48 pixel monochrome display and went on to sell 126 million units worldwide. You may still have one in your junk drawer. By the time of the original iPhone... » read more

Demystifying MIPI C-PHY / D-PHY Subsystem


The newest member of the MIPI PHY family, the C-PHY, arrived in October 2014 to a mixture of excitement and apprehension. How would this new C-PHY compare to the MIPI D-PHY and M-PHY? What would differentiate the C-PHY, and would it be compatible enough with the D-PHY so that both could coexist in a hybrid subsystem? Now, years later, the answers are clear. This article will lay out... » read more

Which Verification Engine When


Frank Schirrmeister, group director for product marketing at Cadence, talks about which tools get used throughout the design flow, from architecture to simulation, formal verification, emulation, prototyping all the way to production, how the cloud has impacted the direction of the flow, and how machine learning will impact verification. » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


M&A ANSYS will acquire Livermore Software Technology Corp. (LSTC), a provider of explicit dynamics and other advanced finite element analysis technology. Based in Livermore, CA, LSTC was founded in 1987 to commercialize the DYNA3D technology developed at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. DYNA3D became the company's premier product LS-DYNA, a general purpose nonlinear finite eleme... » read more

Using Compression For High-Bandwidth Video


Malte Doerper, senior manager for product management at Synopsys, explains how to improve bandwidth and reduce latency in video without changing out the existing infrastructure through compression, but unlike previous versions of compression there is no significant loss of quality. This approach reduces power, area and heat, as well. » read more

The Week In Review: Design


M&A IoT-focused memory chipmaker Adesto Technologies acquired S3 Semiconductors, a provider of mixed-signal and RF ASICs and IP. Based in Ireland, S3 Semiconductors was founded in 1986. S3 Semiconductors will become a business unit of Adesto and will continue to operate under its current model in the $35 million deal. S3 Semiconductor's parent company, S3 Group, will continue as a separate... » read more

Enabling UHD Or 4K Resolution Displays Using Data Stream Compression


Displays delivering quad HD or 4K resolutions at faster frame rates and support for RGB formats are becoming prevalent in high-end smartphones, automotive infotainment systems, and mixed reality (AR/VR) devices. For this reason, designers need a protocol that enables visually lossless compression over display interfaces like MIPI Display Serial interface (DSI). The Video Electronics Standard... » read more

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