The MIPI C-PHY V1.2 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 C-PHY v1.2 and a four-lane D-PHY v1.2 in a single IP core. This allows a seamless implementation allowing the interface to D-PHY based sensors or C-PHY based sensors.
Symbol encoding effectively transfers 2.286 bits per symbol compared to 1.0 bits per lane for D-PHY. The C-PHY (v1.2) operates at 3GS/s, whereas the D-PHY V1.2 (2.5Gb/s).
A four-lane D-PHY V1.2 provides 10Gbps which enables:
4K video at 30fps
1080p at 120fps
A 3 channel C-PHY V1.2 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 1.2
Compliant to MIPI Alliance Standard for D-PHY specification Version 1.2
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 80-3000 MS/s on CPHY mode.
Supports synchronous transfer at high speed mode with a bit rate of 80-1500 Mb/s without deskew calibration and upto 2500 Mb/s with deskew calibration on DPHY mode.
Supports asynchronous transfer at low power mode with a bit rate of 10 Mb/s on both CPHY and DPHY
Spaced one hot encoding for Low power [LP] data
Supports maximum of three data lanes on CPHY mode and four data lanes and clock lane on DPHY mode .
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.
Testability for Analog Tx, Rx and PLL and DFE.
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