PISCATAWAY, N.J., December 9, 2015 - MIPI®Alliance, an international organization that develops interface specifications for mobile and mobile-influenced industries, today announced the success of its second MIPI UniProSM Interoperability Test Workshop hosted October 26-27 by MediaTek at its main campus in Hsinchu City, Taiwan. The second in a series of planned MIPI UniPro Interoperability Test Workshops, the Taiwan event utilized three MediaTek labs and marked a significant progression of interoperability testing against the MIPI UniPro v1.6x Compliance Test Specification (CTS), as well as verifying improved power savings and high speed data performance of up to 5.8Gbps per lane. MIPI Alliance Interop workshops help drive broad adoption of M-PHY and UniPro specifications. A third MIPI UniPro Interoperability Test Workshop is currently scheduled for the summer of 2016.
MIPI UniPro v1.6x transport layer, combined with MIPI M-PHY v3.x, creates the MIPI UniPort-M interface, capable of connecting any application specific protocol. MIPI UniPort-M was designed as a universal, chip-to-chip, interprocess communication that is ideal for mobile communications requiring high-speed, low-power solutions that are scalable and flexible. To date, several industry organizations have incorporated the MIPI M-PHY and UniPro specifications into their standards, including JEDEC®Universal Flash Storage (UFS) and Google’s Project Ara.
“The second MIPI UniPro Interoperability Test Workshop clearly showed that significant progress is being made within the MIPI UniProSM and MIPI M-PHY® ecosystem, and this event demonstrated how the MIPI UniPro v1.6x and M-PHY v3.x open specifications are versatile and easily applicable solutions,” said Jürgen Urban, chair of the MIPI UniPro Working Group. “Interoperability testing of the UniPro/M-PHY protocol stack is a valuable tool for industry adopters striving for seamless device functionality, and we are committed to continue to help lower risks for manufacturers and developers so that newer, more capable and dependable devices can be brought to market quickly and cost-efficiently.”
The MIPI Taiwan Interoperability Test Workshop provided participants the opportunity to test MIPI UniPro and MIPI M-PHY under the UFS protocol. Participants included multiple semiconductor host and device vendors with silicon-proven UFS interfaces who demonstrated the maturity and applicability of the JEDEC UFS standard in mobile electronics. UFS is based on the proven MIPI UniPort-M, contributing to low-power, high-speed UFS storage interface solutions for mobile and mobile-influenced industries.
“UFS is enabling a new class of high performance mobile platforms, and interoperability testing of all associated interface components and specifications is fundamental in order to ensure streamlined, trouble-free deployments of new UFSA-approved devices,” said Perry Keller, chair of the UFSA Compliance Committee. “In defining a valuable complement to UFSA compliance and logo certification testing, it’s rewarding to be working collaboratively with MIPI to help drive forward the continued growth of the UFS ecosystem and mobile marketplace.”
Quotes from MIPI Alliance members and the Interoperability Testing Workshop Participants
“Interoperability events provide a means to test important and strategic elements that help make new interface specifications reliable,” said Roland Scherzinger, MIPI Program Manager, Keysight Technologies. "Keysight's test solutions for UniPro and M-PHY, which tested physical layer and protocol layer conformance, contributed significantly to the success of this event."
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“We were very excited to see our UFS Host/Device + UniPro controller, along with our partner M-PHY, successfully interoperate with UniPro-M-PHY solutions from many global customers and test equipment companies,” said Ms. Jebaselvi Johnson, MIPI IP product leader from L&T Technology Services. “This Interop event was a grand success and ensured maturity and compatibility among different UniPro-M-PHY solutions from customers and vendors, thus ensuring faster adoption.”
“We are excited to host this interoperability test event. As a technology industry leader and an active contributor in the MIPI Alliance, MediaTek is working on new standards developments and implementations. We are glad to see wider adoption in MIPI high-speed and low-power standards in mobile products. The two-day event at MediaTek’s headquarters achieved great success and ensured rapid adoption for MIPI UniPro,” said Harrison Hsieh, Deputy General Manager of Home Technology Development, MediaTek.
“Interoperability testing is an important milestone in the process of specifications and standards development,” said Joel Huloux, chairman of the board of MIPI Alliance. “Our goal is to reduce design costs and secure introduction of new MIPI technology in new products. Interoperability test events support this goal. These ongoing MIPI UniPro and MIPI M-PHY workshops are key to supporting our members so that they can utilize tested specifications that bring unmatched performance and benefit to the global mobile and mobile-influenced ecosystems.”
“It was exciting to see the number of participants in this Interop event,” said Ross Nelson, general manager, Protocol Insight. “Protocol Insight was able to successfully verify our UniPro CTS Test Executive against a wide variety of devices and IP, which gives us high confidence in the robustness of our solution.”
“As an active MIPI Alliance contributor for more than 10 years, Synopsys’ continued participation in MIPI Interoperability Test Workshops ensures interoperability and compliance of our IP to the latest specifications,” said John Koeter, vice president of marketing for IP and prototyping at Synopsys. “Synopsys’ DesignWare® UFS Controller, UniPro Controller, and MIPI M-PHY have been extensively tested with a range of semiconductor and test equipment solutions, enabling designers to integrate silicon-proven IP into their SoCs with significantly less risk.”
About Universal Flash Storage Association, Inc. (UFSA)
UFS is widely viewed as the next generation storage technology for intelligent mobile phones and tablets. The Universal Flash Storage Association (UFSA) was founded in 2010 as an open Trade Association to promote widespread industry adoption and acceptance of the UFS standard. UFSA’s primary mission includes the promotion of UFS technology and infrastructure along with providing product compliance and UFS logo certification management. UFSA also provides valuable input back to JEDEC for future specification development. Current Board members include Keysight Technologies, Micron Technology, Phison Electronics, Samsung Electronics, Silicon Motion Technology, and SK Hynix. More information can be found at www.ufsa.org.
About MIPI Alliance
MIPI Alliance (MIPI) develops interface specifications for mobile and mobile-influenced industries. Founded in 2003, the organization has more than 275 member companies worldwide, more than 15 active working groups, and has delivered more than 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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