The MIPI Alliance Inc. (Piscataway, New Jersey) industry consortium introduced the I3C sensor interface specification in November 2014 (see I3C sensor interface set to superset I2C, SPI ).
The standard specifies a single two-wire serial bus and Synopsys' implementation provides configurable transaction and data buffering enabling performance versus cost trade-offs. It supports data rates up to 26.7 Mbps, dynamic address allocation, multi-master operations and 32-bit ARM AMBA Advanced Peripheral Bus (APB) slave interface.
I3C IP complements Synopsys' DesignWare MIPI CSI-2 Controller IP and D-PHY IP for a complete image sensor interface solution.
The IP is compliant with the MIPI Camera Control Interface (CCI), I2C and MIPI I3C specifications.
"Semico Research projects from 2015 to 2020 the CAGR is 20.4 percent for MEMS and sensors across all markets. Some applications have as many as 10 or more MEMS and sensors and growing. In addition, there are applications with multiple sensor hub controllers and apps processors," said Tony Massimini, chief of technology at Semico Research and Consulting Group, in a statement issued by Synopsys. "Semico foresees MIPI I3C adoption for several applications beyond smartphones; such as IoT, wearables, automotive, and more," he also said.
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