Created a decade ago, the MIPI Alliance aims to animate the mobile equipment market by standardizing the interfaces between the major functions integrated into these devices. The idea is to simplify the design and reduce prices. To date, MIPI has standardized a series bus (HSI) and the interfaces of batteries, cameras and displays. The association, which now has 240 members, has just created an informal group (Birds of a Feather, BoF) that will think about the possibilities of standardizing the interfaces of sensors integrated in mobile devices.
The stakes are high when we know that according to a study by IHS iSuppli, nearly 2.5 billion sensors will be integrated into mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, GPS, cameras, game consoles, etc.) in 2013, compared to 1.1 billion in 2008. These are mainly MEMS sensors (made of micro-machined silicon).