The MIPI CPHY V1.1 improves throughput over a bandwidth-limited channel, allowing more data without an increased signaling clock. It is intended to be used for camera interface (CSI-2 v1.3) and display interface (DSI-2 v1.0). The signaling interface uses a 3-phase transceiver that encodes 3-bit symbols over 3 wires. This is different from the two-wire differential “lane” used in D-PHY.
C-PHY was designed to coexist on the same IC pins as D-PHY so that dual-mode devices could be developed with low power signaling similar to DPHY. Arasan’s CPHY-DPHY combination provides a 3 channel MIPI CPHY v1.1.
Symbol encoding effectively transfers 2.286 bits per symbol compared to 1.0 bits per lane for D-PHY. This version of C-PHY (v1.1) operates at 2.5GHz(2.5GS/s), the same as the D-PHY V1.2(2.5Gb/s).
A 3 channel C-PHY provides 17Gbps which enables:
4K video at 60fps
1080p at 240fps (for cool slow-motion videos)
Compliant to MIPI Alliance Standard for C-PHY specification Version 1.1
Supports standard PHY transceiver compliant to MIPI Specification
Supports standard PPI interface compliant to MIPI Specification
Supports asynchronous transfer at high speed mode with a symbols rate of 80-2500 MS/s.
Supports asynchronous transfer at low power mode with a bit rate of 10 Mb/s
Spaced one hot encoding for Low power [LP] data
Supports maximum of three data lanes.
Supports error detection mechanism for sequence errors and contentions
Data lanes support transfer of data in high speed mode.
Supports ultra low power mode, high speed mode and control mode.
Has clock divider unit to generate clock for parallel data reception and transmission from and to the PPI.
Activates and disconnects high speed terminators for reception and transmission.
On-chip clock generation configurable for transmitter.
Process & Foundry
Available in various foundry processes
No external (off-chip) components required
Can be ported to other processes
Physical Abstract Models (LEF)
Timing Models (LIB)
Process Specific Integration Guide
Extensive Quality Methodology
VIDEO Demo - Arasan CPHY/DPHY Combo Compliance Tester