Mixel and Graphin Demonstrate World’s First End-to-End Video Transmission Using M-PHY Link

Mixel co-demonstrates five different MIPI products with six of its MIPI customers and partners in MIPI face-to-face meeting in Seoul, Korea

SAN JOSE, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — March 9, 2012Mixel®, the leader in mobile mixed-signal intellectual property (IP) and Graphin, a leader in evaluation hardware and software for image sensors, announced today that they have achieved the world’s first end-to-end video transmission over a MIPI® M-PHY link. In 2010, the two companies announced a strategic partnership to address the emerging M-PHY and to produce a “Golden M-PHY” IC to be used in Graphin’s evaluation system. As a result of that collaboration, Mixel achieved first-silicon success with its M-PHY test chip supporting all use cases, and was the first and only IP provider to demonstrate that capability in the MIPI face-to-face meeting in Copenhagen in June 2011. The companies will now be demonstrating end-to-end video transmission using the Mixel chip in the MIPI Alliance face-to-face meeting in Seoul, Korea on March 13th.

“We are excited that our collaboration with Mixel is paying off, not only for us but also for the entire MIPI Ecosystem,” said Kurosawa-san, President of Graphin. “This milestone was achieved because of the solid cooperation between the two companies. We are looking forward to using the M-PHY chip in our own MIPI test equipment, as we move forward with Mixel to volume production.”

Mixel’s M-PHY IP supports both TYPE I and TYPE II operation, A and B data rates, and all current and future MIPI M-PHY use-cases, such as DigRF v4, UniProSM 1.4, CSI-3, LLI, and JEDEC’s UFS. The MXL-MIPI-M-PHY-HSG2 supports High-Speed (HS) Gear1 (G1), Gear2 (G2), as well as Low-Speed Gear 0 (LS-G0) through LS-G7. The IP supports 1.0 version of the M-PHY specifications, and has been silicon proven for over a year now.

Mixel provides its customers with a complete MIPI solution, including the PHY, controllers, and MIPI platform that combines Mixel’s daughter card incorporating Mixel’s silicon-proven D-PHY or M-PHY with an off-the-shelf FPGA board that integrates the PHY RTL with controller RTL.

“Mixel continues to lead the MIPI IP market for both D-PHY and M-PHY applications,” said Ashraf Takla, Mixel President and CEO. “The ecosystem partnerships that we have worked hard over many years to cultivate and nurture are proving to be keys to our success in the mobile market. The many demonstrations that Mixel is playing a key role in at the MIPI face-to-face meeting in Seoul are testament to that success.”

Besides demonstrating the world’s first end-to-end video transmission using M-PHY, Mixel will be demonstrating its D-PHY CSI, D-PHY DSI, and M-PHY products in multiple platforms, with a number of its Mixel’s MIPI Central partners, such as Agilent Technologies, Enhanced Chip Technology, Evantronix, Graphin, Northwest Logic, Tektronix, and VLSI+ at the same event.

“We are delighted to see the large number of demonstrations supporting the various MIPI specifications that Mixel has at the March 2012 MIPI face-to-face meeting in Seoul, Korea,” said Joel Huloux, president and chairman, MIPI Alliance. “It is particularly gratifying to see that M-PHY is now a reality after many years of hard work by a large number of contributing companies.”

About Mixel®:

Mixel is the leader in mixed-signal mobile IPs and offers a wide portfolio of high-performance mixed-signal connectivity IP solutions. Mixel’s mixed-signal portfolio includes PHYs and SerDes, such as Mobile PHYs ( MIPI® D-PHY, M-PHYSM, DigRF, and MDDI, and LVDS), general purpose Transceivers, and high-performance PLL and DLL IP cores.

About Graphin:

Graphin Co., Ltd., a rapidly emerging leader in evaluation suites for image sensors, designs and develops image input boards, evaluation systems for image sensor products, and digital input/output boards that support industrial cameras. The company’s MIPI based product series of CMOS image sensor capture systems (CIS) GPirates, is fully compliant with the four-lane MIPI CSI-2 standard.

About The MPI Alliance:

MIPI Alliance is a global, collaborative organization comprised of companies that span the mobile ecosystem and are committed to defining and promoting interface specifications for mobile devices. MIPI Specifications establish standards for hardware and software interfaces which drive new technology and enable faster deployment of new features and services.

MIPI® is a registered trademark of MIPI Alliance, Inc.

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