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Valens introduces chipset for smart vehicle connectivity for next-gen autonomous vehicles

Israel-based Valens has unveiled an automotive chipset technology for smart vehicle connectivity, providing unprecedented data transmission speeds for connected and autonomous vehicles. The technology enables up to 16Gbps over simple wires and solves the industry need for high-speed connectivity for data-hungry devices and applications.

Valens’ smart vehicle connectivity technology guarantees zero data loss and real-time reaction for all sensors, cameras and other devices, ensuring safer vehicles. Further, by reducing the number of wires and connectors needed in the car, the chipset also enables a reduction in the weight of the vehicle and thus fuel consumption.

The VA608A chipset delivers data transmission speeds of up to 16Gbps and enables automakers to extend native PCIe as a long-distance in-vehicle connectivity technology—up to 15m/50ft. The VA608A is also the first and only chipset to enable 2.5Gb Ethernet over a single Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP) wire with near-zero latency.

Valens’ PCIe extension technology is designed for many use cases in the vehicle including telematics, multi-modem smart antennas (5G, WiFi, WiGig, BT, etc.), ECU-to-ECU connectivity, and shared storage/black box applications. It also significantly simplifies high-speed, low latency, power-efficient backbone architecture.

Valens’ technology is a scalable solution specifically designed to handle harsh EMI and environmental interference in the vehicle landscape. The VA608A launch comes on the heels of the MIPI Alliance’s selection of Valens’ technology as the baseline for its A-PHY standard for ultra-high-speed in-vehicle video transmission. The final specification is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

The VA608A is an ASIC prototype and is currently available.

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