Mixel, a provider of mixed-signal intellectual property (IP) announced today that Mixel’s MIPI IP has been successfully integrated into the Microsoft Azure Kinect developer kit, which is now in volume production.
Azure Kinect Developer Kit is an edge device with advanced AI sensors for sophisticated computer vision and speech models. Designed for versatility, it combines an advanced depth sensor and spatial microphone array with a video camera and orientation sensor — with multiple modes, options, and software development kits (SDKs). The Azure Kinect DK is aimed at broad-based enterprise users and enables the developer to create interactive Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality experiences.
Mixel’s MIPI IP was integrated into the 1MP depth camera, featuring a Time-of-Flight (ToF) imaging chip with advanced pixel technology. This enables higher modulation frequencies and depth precision all in the world’s smallest ToF pixel, at 3.5μm by 3.5μm. This same depth camera incorporating the Mixel IP is also a key part of the Hololens 2 product announced by Microsoft earlier this year and expected to start shipping later this year.
Mixel provided Microsoft with the MIPI D-PHY and controller IP. Microsoft achieved first-time silicon success with this solution and is now in volume production. The MIPI solution includes two IP products delivered fully integrated and validated: Mixel’s MIPI D-PHYSM transmitter and a MIPI CSI-2SM Host Controller Core. The CSI-2 Controller IP is developed by Northwest Logic, a Rambus company, an active participant in Mixel’s MIPI Central Ecosystem Partnership, which brings together best-in-class MIPI ecosystem stakeholders.
The D-PHY link can operate with 1 to 4 lanes and supports an aggregated data rate of 6 Gbps. It uses a clock-forwarded synchronous link that provides high noise immunity and high jitter tolerance. The Mixel IP incorporates proprietary differentiating features to reduce stand-by current and wake-up time.
Mixel MIPI IP has been silicon-proven at nine different nodes and eight different foundries with more processes under active development, giving Mixel the widest coverage in the industry.