A forward-looking high-speed interface that offers scalability and support for both D-PHY and C-PHY

Quick Facts

Key Highlights
  • Supports VESA Display Stream Compression (DSC) and VESA Display Compression - M (VDC-M) standards
  • Will scale in terms of resolution
Physical Layer

MIPI D-PHY and MIPI C-PHY

Fundamental Features
  • High performance
  • Low power
  • Low EMI
Use Cases

UHD resolution

Embedded displays

Smart meters

Video game devices

Smart watches

Virtual or augmented reality Head-mounted devices

In-sight (glass) devices

Automotive

Industries

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Overview

MIPI DSI-2SM, initially published in January 2016, supports ultra-high definition (4K and 8k) required by new and future mobile displays. It specifies the physical link between the chip and display in devices such as smartphones, tablets, AR/VR headsets and connected cars.

MIPI DSI-2 v1.1 incorporates the VESA VDC-M and VESA DSC standards in its transport layer. Companies now have the choice of either codec depending on their bandwidth and power requirements.

For a 30-bit image, VDC-M can enable compression down to 6 bits per pixel providing a compression ratio of up to 5:1, while maintaining visually lossless viewing with no attendant loss of bandwidth.

The combination of VESA’s VDC-M and MIPI DSI-2 and MIPI Display Command Set (MIPI DCS) helps systems designers minimize device cost and complexity, maximize battery life and deliver the high-resolution video content that customers seek.

MIPI DSI-2 supports all of the same power-saving features as its predecessor, MIPI DSI, but adds better resilience to electromagnetic interference by introducing data scrambling.

DSI-2 and PHY Compatibility

Designers can use MIPI DSI-2 on two different physical layers: MIPI D-PHY and MIPI C-PHY. The options give designers the flexibility to support different configurations up to four data lanes.

Although the features of MIPI DSI-2 are quite similar to MIPI DSI, the primary difference is its support for C-PHY. However, it also features backward compatibility with DSI on D-PHY. In addition, because MIPI DSI is a mature, stable specification, future developments will be concentrated on expanding the capabilities of MIPI DSI-2.

DSI/DSI-2 PHY Compatibility
  D-PHY 1.01
(1.0Gbps/lane)
D-PHY 1.1
(1.5Gbps/lane)
D-PHY 1.2
(2.5Gbps/lane)
D-PHY 2.0
(4.5Gbps/lane)
C-PHY
DSI 1.0 Yes Yes Yes Yes No
DSI 1.1 Yes Yes Yes Yes No
DSI 1.2 Yes Yes Yes Yes No
DSI 1.3 Yes Yes Yes Yes No
DSI-2 1.0 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
DSI-2 1.1 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

MIPI DSI-2 is developed by the MIPI Alliance Display Working Group.

Note: The specification is available only to MIPI Alliance members. For information about MIPI Alliance membership, visit Join MIPI.

 

Get the Specification

DSI-2 v1.1 (Members only)

Versions

Current Version: 
v1.1 (May 2018)