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AI Feeds Vision Processor, Image Sensor Boom


Vision systems are rapidly becoming ubiquitous, driven by big improvements in image sensors as well as new types of sensors. While the sensor itself often is developed using mature-node silicon, increasingly it is connected to vision processors developed at the most advanced process nodes. That allows for the highest performance per watt, and it also allows designs to incorporate AI accelera... » read more

MIPI In Next Generation Of AI IoT Devices At The Edge


The history of data processing begins in the 1960’s with centralized on-site mainframes that later evolved into distributed client servers. In the beginning of this century, centralized cloud computing became attractive and began to gain momentum becoming one of the most popular computing tools today. In recent years however, we have seen an increase in the demand for processing... » read more

Audio, Visual Advances Intensify IC Design Tradeoffs


A spike in the number of audio and visual sensors is greatly increasing design complexity in chips and systems, forcing engineers to make tradeoffs that can affect performance, power, and cost. Collectively, these sensors generate so much data that designers must consider where to process different data, how to prioritize it, and how to optimize it for specific applications. The tradeoffs in... » read more

Video Compression Enables Cutting-Edge Displays


Display technology has advanced in leaps and bounds. We can now create professional-quality video content on our mobiles, and our cars often have more displays than our living room. In recent years, electronics manufacturers have been using increasingly sophisticated display feature sets as a way of differentiating their products in the highly competitive consumer electronics market. Each new g... » read more

ADAS: MIPI Is Key


Building on the enormous design and manufacturing base which made high-resolution, miniaturized digital cameras possible for mobile phones, the universe of MIPI applications has expanded to the automotive world. Today’s cars, particularly with the increasing sophistication of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), are brimming with cameras, sensors, and displays. Park assist, driver monit... » read more

MIPI Standards Gaining Traction In New Markets


An explosion of low-cost, high-performance image sensors for a growing number of applications is propelling the MIPI interface into a variety of new markets, where standardized signal protocols and characteristics are becoming essential. For years, MIPI has been almost synonymous with mobile phones. But as higher-resolution image sensors increasingly are deployed in automotive, AI, IoT, and ... » read more

Innovations In Sensor Technology


Sensors are the “eyes” and “ears” of processors, co-processors, and computing modules. They come in all shapes, forms, and functions, and they are being deployed in a rapidly growing number of applications — from edge computing and IoT, to smart cities, smart manufacturing, hospitals, industrial, machine learning, and automotive. Each of these use cases relies on chips to capture d... » read more

MIPI On Wheels: Enabling ADAS Applications


Formed in 2003, the Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) Alliance brought together leading system and chip companies to provide standards for the essential video interface technologies for cameras and displays in phones. Over the years, the alliance has expanded its scope to publish specifications covering physical layer, multimedia, chip-to-chip and inter-processor communications (IPC), ... » read more

Will Automotive Ethernet Win?


As internal combustion engines are replaced by electric motors, and mechanical linkages increasingly replaced by electronic messaging, an in-vehicle network is needed to facilitate communication. Ethernet, amended for automotive and other time-sensitive applications, appears to be the network of choice. But is that choice a done deal? And will Ethernet replace all other in-car networks? The ... » read more

Auto Displays: Bigger, Brighter, More Numerous


Displays are rapidly becoming more critical to the central brains in automobiles, accelerating the adoption and evolution of this technology to handle multiple types of audio, visual, and other data traffic coming into and flowing throughout the vehicle. These changes are having a broad impact on the entire design-through-manufacturing flow for display chip architectures. In the past, these ... » read more

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