MIPI, or Mobile Industry Processor Interface, is a new standard of interfacing between a video input source and the display on mobile devices that is rapidly gaining popularity. Interfacing between other more popular standards of video output, such as LVDS or HDMI, is less easy than it may seem as there are no simple small scale converters or adapters between the two. Even when one can find a converter between the signals that works, they don’t necessarily provide the display in the correct orientation for the target device.
Q-Vio, a company based in San Diego, California has recently developed the first and only commercially available HDMI to MIPI or LVDS to MIPI converter and rotator board. This means that devices outputting devices in standard HDMI or LVDS can be connected to this board and be ready to output their display to any standard small-form-factor screen designed for mobile devices (which must, of course, take in a MIPI input).
Most standard user devices such as laptops, televisions, and computer monitors, all of which are landscape type screens; these are screens in which the horizontal dimension is longer than the vertical dimension. Mobile screens are generally portrait type screens, the opposite of landscape, which can make switching between them difficult. Q-Vio’s converter and rotator board involves both changing the input from a standard output to digitally rotating it such that it conforms to mobile computing standards.
Additionally, the board features a number of additional display standards to adjust and customize your display experience. “This new family of converter/rotator boards are programmable for all 4-Lane MIPI-based displays and provide additional circuitry for backlight power and On-Screen Display control” said Ray Pronko, Q-Vio’s President.