MIPI® UniPort-M Selected by Google for Modular Smartphone ‘Project Ara’

Lattice Semiconductor Corporation

“Lattice is pleased that our ECP3 family of FPGAs helped Google realize their Project Ara vision by providing critical flexibility and functionality to implement the MIPI UniPro protocol in each module in the MDK,” said David Rutledge, chief technology officer, Lattice Semiconductor Corporation. “MIPI UniPro protocol is an ideal networking solution for Project Ara modules due to its application-agnostic, multi-master capabilities and providing high data rates and low energy per transferred bit. Lattice ECP3 FPGAs are an ideal platform for Project Ara with MIPI UniPro implementation because of its programmable flexibility, small form factor (10mm x 10mm) and low power consumption. This combination enables Google’s team to innovate ‘at the speed of mobility’ in order to deliver the MDK in record time.”


“The MIPI UniPort-M interface helps to address the low power, high performance needs of the latest mobile devices, including those enabled by Google's Project Ara,” said John Koeter, vice president of marketing for IP and prototyping at Synopsys. “Our silicon-proven DesignWare® IP supporting the MIPI UniPro, MIPI M-PHY and JEDEC UFS standards enables designers to achieve the stringent power, bandwidth and latency requirements of mobile SoCs utilizing the UniPort-M interface for chip-to-chip communication.”

Toshiba Electronics Europe

“MIPI UniPort-M is already used for mass storage with JEDEC UFS and for Camera with MIPI CSI-3. The Ara program will open new innovation opportunities that will leverage the usage of MIPI UniPort-M,” said Ariel Lasry, chief engineer at Toshiba Electronics Europe. “MIPI UniPort-M is the best in-class interface to enable easy-to-use, reliable and low-power modular Smartphone architecture.”

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, 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.

MIPI®, M-PHY® and UniProSM are trademarks, service marks, registered trademarks, and/or registered service marks owned by MIPI Alliance. All other trademarks, service marks, registered trademarks, and registered service marks are the property of their respective owners.


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