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Sunny Optical, Valens Partner to Integrate A-PHY in Next-Generation Camera Modules

Sunny Optical Technology Group Company Limited (Sunny Optical, stock code
2382.HK), and Valens Semiconductor (Valens) today announced that they have
partnered to integrate MIPI A-PHY-compliant chipsets into next-generation
camera modules.

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 the first
A-PHY compliant chipset and engineering samples will be available in Q4

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
*       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.

“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-complaint 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 advancements of ADAS.”

About Sunny Optical
Sunny Optical Technology (Group) Company Limited is a global leading
integrated optical components and products manufacturer with more than
thirty-five years of history. The Group is principally engaged in the
design, R&D, manufacture and sales of optical and optical-related products.
Such products include optical components (such as glass spherical and
aspherical lenses, plane products, handset lens sets, vehicle lens sets,
security surveillance lens sets and other various lens sets), optoelectronic
products (such as handset camera modules, 3D optoelectronic products,
vehicle modules and other optoelectronic modules) and optical instruments
(such as microscopes and intelligent equipment for testing). The Group
focuses on the application fields of optoelectronic-related products, such
as handsets, digital cameras, vehicle imaging and sensing systems, security
surveillance systems and VR /AR, which are combined with optical,
electronic, software and mechanical technologies. For more information,

About Valens
Valens is a leading provider of semiconductor products, pushing the
boundaries of connectivity by enabling long-reach, high-speed video and data
transmission for the audio-video and automotive industries. Valens’ EmmyR
award-winning HDBaseT technology is the leading standard in the professional
audio-video market with tens of millions of Valens’ chipsets integrated into
thousands of HDBaseT-enabled products. Valens Automotive is a key enabler of
the evolution of autonomous driving, providing chipsets that are on the road
in vehicles around the world. The underlying technology has been selected to
become the basis for the new standard for automotive connectivity. For more
information, visit

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