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Valens & Black Sesame partner for A-PHY integration in autonomous driving chips

HOD HASHARON, Israel and SHANGHAI, April 29, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Valens Semiconductor and Black Sesame Technologies announced that they have worked together to enable the integration of A-PHY connectivity into the Huashan-2 A1000 autonomous driving computing chip and are in the process of adding A-PHY to the Wudang C1200 intelligent vehicle cross-domain computing platform. Black Sesame Technologies develops intelligent vehicle chips and solutions that enable features like advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving. Leveraging the VA7000 MIPI A-PHY compliant chipsets by Valens, Black Sesame Technologies will offer and support the A-PHY connectivity standard for its automotive OEM and Tier1 customers.

The Huashan-2 A1000 is an automotive-grade SoC for L2/L2+ ADAS solutions, supported by a comprehensive and mature mass-production ecosystem. In mass production, the A1000 is featured in vehicles from China’s foremost automakers, including FAW Group, Dongfeng Motor Corporation, Geely Holding Group and JAC Group. The Wudang C1200 Series offers high MCU integrated computing power. This allows customers to integrate a broader array of intelligent functions into a single vehicle. Black Sesame Technologies utilizes Valens VA7000 chipsets to bolster bandwidth, safety, and EMC immunity, alongside cost-effective system design.

The automotive industry developed MIPI A-PHY as the first standard for high-speed sensor connectivity within vehicles. Since its release, it has attracted a growing ecosystem of companies designing products based on the technology. Valens Semiconductor, a key contributor to the standard, was the first on the market. They offered A-PHY-compliant chipsets with its VA7000 chipsets.

“Delighted to enable Black Sesame Technologies to capitalize on the benefits of MIPI A-PHY connectivity in their cornerstone Huashan Series A1000 and Wudang C1200 Series platforms,” Gideon Kedem, SVP and Head of Automotive Business at Valens Semiconductor, “This collaboration demonstrates the growing adoption of A-PHY as the standard for in-vehicle high-speed video transmission, and the value that our VA7000 chipsets bring to the automotive market. China has often been quick to adopt new and cutting-edge technologies. Moreover, it’s not surprising to see the impressive growth of MIPI A-PHY in this important market.”

“We decided to move forward with this implementation because of the significant interest for MIPI A-PHY connectivity, both within China and globally,” said Weihong Liu, co-founder and President of Black Sesame Technologies. “The superiority of the MIPI A-PHY standard brings a series of benefits to our OEM customers. Moreover, I believe that this new support for A-PHY will draw significant interest from around the ecosystem.”

Black Sesame Technologies will exhibit the Huashan-2 A1000 chip, featuring A-PHY connectivity, at booth E113 during the Beijing Auto Show from April 25 to May 5.

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