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Piscataway, NJ, November 8, 2012 - MIPI Alliance today announced the formation of an open “Birds of a Feather” (BoF) group that will investigate the requirements related to integrating sensors into mobile systems. The group will address current challenges facing the sensor and wireless markets including a fragmented digital interface landscape, rapidly expanding sensors per device, varied signals per device and non-scalable architectures. The Sensor BoF is open to non-MIPI member companies, insuring the group receives input from the broad sensor and wireless device ecosystem. For more information, visit http://mipi.org/working-groups/sensor-birds-feather-group

According to IHS iSuppli, revenues for MEMS sensors in mobile handsets and consumer products is expected to top $2.5 billion in 2013, up from $1.1 billion in 2008 and reflecting an 18% CAGR in the 2008 – 2013 timeframe. MEMS Industry Group® (MIG) Managing Director Karen Lightman also sees strong interest among many of her members in advancing sensor technology in wireless applications.

“The massive proliferation of sensors in diverse applications is driving the trend toward standardization of sensor interfaces,” said Karen Lightman, managing director, MEMS Industry Group. “With MEMS playing a major role in the adoption of sensors worldwide, we recognize the importance of investigating the requirements needed to address this rapidly growing space. We are excited to work with MIPI Alliance as they explore the issues at stake in sensor-interface standardization.”

“MIPI Alliance members –from semiconductor manufacturers to mobile device OEMs – have been considering this issue for some time,” said Joel Huloux, Chairman of the Board of MIPI Alliance. “The Sensor BoF gives us an opportunity to talk with key sensor stakeholders, and insures we develop technology that the market truly wants and needs.”

As one of the group’s first efforts, MIPI Alliance joined with MIG to conduct member-based market research, uncovering the current sensor interface landscape and the technical requirements necessary to meet growing mobile sensor demands. While the need for a sensor interface standard was not immediately apparent, there was a clear gap between the technology of today and the needs of the future. Closing that gap will be a primary focus of the Sensor BoF group.

MIPI Alliance welcomes all members of the sensor device ecosystem to join the Sensor BoF group. Click here http://mipi.org/working-groups/sensor-birds-feather-group for more details.

About MIPI Alliance
MIPI®Alliance (MIPI) develops interface specifications for mobile and mobile-influenced industries. Founded in 2003, the organization has more than 250 member companies worldwide, has over 12 active working groups and has delivered 45+ specifications within the mobile ecosystem in the last decade. Members of the organization include handset manufacturers, device OEMs, software providers, semiconductor companies, application processor developers, IP tool providers, test and test equipment companies, as well as camera, tablet and laptop manufacturers. For more information, please visit www.mipi.org.

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