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K-micro Achieves First-Silicon Success with Mixel's Complete MIPI Solution

September 20, 2012

K-micro Achieves First-Silicon Success with Mixel's Complete MIPI Solution

By Mini Swamy
TMCnet Contributor

Kawasaki Microelectronics Inc. (K-micro) has joined Mixel’s substantial and fast-growing list of MIPI licensees and has been provided with Mixel's complete MIPI solution, including the PHY and Controller.

The Controller was developed by Northwest Logic, an active participant in Mixel's MIPI Central Ecosystem partnership program.

Together, both companies have successfully delivered the complete MIPI solution to multiple customers since their partnership in 2009. This has enabled their customers to obtain the complete MIPI solution seamlessly integrated from one vendor

“Mixel and Northwest Logic’s leadership position in the MIPI IP PHY and Controller markets respectively, was one of the factors that influenced our decision,” said Yusuke Yamamoto, senior manager, marketing and strategic planning department at K-Micro.

By providing K-micro with MIPI PHY and MIPI/LVDS combo PHY, Ashraf Takla, president and CEO was convinced that customers would gain a competitive edge by working with Mixel and its MIPI ecosystem partners.

Both products support four data lanes and operation up to a 1.0 Gbps data rate while the controller provides a full set of DSI features.

Mixel has so far silicon-proved its MIPI PHY in five different foundries and six different process nodes, and has been silicon-proven to support 1.0 Gbps operation since 2007 and 1.5 Gbps since 2011.

“The first-silicon success and the outstanding support that we have received during multiple tape-outs validated this important choice. We’re looking forward to a long-term collaboration with both companies,” added Yamamoto.

Ashraf Takla, president and CEO, noted that Mixel could now contribute to K-micro's product line supporting multiple interfaces by sharing the same high frequency interface pins.

Mixel will be demonstrating its D-PHY and M-PHY MIPI solutions at the TSMC Open Innovation Platform at the San Jose Convention Center and MIPI Alliance in a face-to-face meeting in Miami, on October 16, 2012.

The Mobile Industry Processor (News - Alert) Interface (MIPI) Alliance is a collaboration of mobile industry leaders, which defines and promotes open standards for interfaces to mobile application processors. The move is intended to accelerate deployment of services to mobile users.

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Edited by Rachel Ramsey
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