Source: Sunny Optical and Valens Semiconductor announcement

HONG KONG and HOD HASHARON, Israel — Sunny Optical Technology Group Company Limited (Sunny Optical, stock code 2382.HK), and Valens Semiconductor (Valens) announced they have partnered to integrate MIPI A-PHY-compliant chipsets into next-generation camera modules for advanced driver-assist systems (ADAS) and surround-view systems.

A-PHY is a long-reach serializer-deserializer (SerDes) physical layer interface for multi-gig automotive connectivity. It was released by the MIPI Alliance in September 2020 as a standard that simplifies the integration of cameras, sensors and displays in vehicles, while also incorporating functional safety and security. The Valens VA7000 chipset family is the first A-PHY compliant chipset and engineering samples will be available in the fourth quarter of 2021.

The two companies will work together to integrate the VA70XX transmitter chipsets into Sunny Optical’s camera modules that enable ADAS and surround view applications.

•           ADAS: This module will utilize an 8MP sensor with an embedded VA7031 serializer.
•           Surround View: This module will utilize a 3MP sensor with an embedded VA7021 serializer, which will connect to an ECU via Unshielded Twisted Pair cables and connectors.

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“As a leading automotive supplier in Asia, we acknowledge the momentum that the MIPI A-PHY standard is gaining in the industry, and the significant business opportunity it represents for our company,” said Bob Zhang, General Manager at Sunny Smartlead, Sunny Optical. “We’re thrilled to partner with Valens, the leading supplier of A-PHY-compliant chipsets, in order to deliver high-resolution camera modules, and we look forward to deepening our collaboration on future projects.”

“Sunny Optical’s interest in integrating A-PHY-compliant chipsets is further proof that this standard is set to take over the automotive industry, and our partnership gives Valens a strong foothold in the vast and lucrative Asian market.” said Gideon Kedem, SVP and Head of Automotive at Valens. “We’re already seeing strong demand for our VA70XX chipsets, which provide unmatched connectivity speed, performance, and distance. Integration of these chipsets will enable optimal connectivity of in-vehicle cameras, radars and LiDARs to support the ongoing advancement of ADAS.”