Technology innovation today continues to come from mobile computing, and now also from automotive innovations such as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and in-vehicle infotainment systems. This innovation is driving the need for higher performance, lower power, and longer battery life. MIPI® serial technologies have been developed to optimize both performance and power consumption, driving adoption by silicon chipset vendors, mobile device manufacturers and automotive applications.
MIPI M-PHY, a 12 gigabit per second (Gb/s) electrical physical layer standard, is the PHY layer for Universal Flash Storage (UFS) memory. Vendors are implementing M-PHY in mobile devices for UFS memory storage using the UniPro link layer protocol.
UFS is also the ideal memory solution for automotive applications such as in-vehicle infotainment systems due to its superior performance, high reliability and ruggedness, and cost-effectiveness.
As developers implement MIPI serial technologies, a new set of design, debug and test challenges present themselves. Developers need to equip themselves with new tools capability of testing MIPI serial buses effectively, to shorten time to market and reduce the cost of the debug phase in product development.