Valens, a semiconductor company, announced that its VA6000 chipsets are integrated in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, launched in September of last year. This marks the first multi-gigabit symmetric link in the world to be deployed in mass production, and the only multi-gigabit technology over unshielded wiring for in-vehicle connectivity.
The VA6000 chips are the highest bandwidth long-reach solution deployed in vehicles for flexible ethernet-based infotainment and telematics systems architectures, including head units, multimedia boxes, and smart antenna connectivity.
“Mercedes-Benz AG is one of the world’s most trusted carmakers, known for integrating only top-of-the-line technology in their cars. Our chipsets are best in class,” said Valens CEO Gideon Ben-Zvi. “This cooperation is a testament to our company’s operational skills, quality compliance, excellence in execution and relentless customer support.”
The VA6000 integrated circuit aggregates USB, Ethernet, Audio and Serial Control signals, for a total bidirectional bandwidth of 1.5Gbps, over a single unshielded twisted pair cable with a length of up to 15 meters (50 feet), and up to four inline connectors.
Valens is already working on the next generation of symmetric connectivity solutions, which will be streamlined chipsets optimized for specific automotive use cases. Both companies, Valens and Mercedes-Benz AG take advantage of the joint collaboration to empower future cars with unique connectivity solutions.