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Report Finds Valens’ MIPI A-PHY-Based Technology Leads to Significant Reductions in Total System Cost

Valens (NYSE: VLN), a premier provider of high-speed connectivity solutions
for the audio-video and automotive markets and the leading supplier of MIPI
A-PHY-compliant chipsets, today announced that automotive benchmarking firm
A2MAC1 has published a report
>  showing significant cost saving
opportunities for automotive OEMs using MIPI A-PHY-based technology.

Released in September 2020, MIPI A-PHY is the first standardized,
asymmetric, long-reach serializer-deserializer (SerDes) physical layer
interface targeted for advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and
autonomous driving systems (ADS). A-PHY’s primary mission is to transfer
high-speed data between cameras, radars, LiDARs and their related ECUs.

A2MAC1 used a high sale-volume surround view system as a benchmark for a
conventional proprietary solution and compared it with the MIPI A-PHY-based
solution over Unshielded Twisted Pair cabling. The report found that there
are significant cost savings available for OEMs if they deploy A-PHY-based
chipsets such as those offered by Valens, primarily resulting from:

*       Simplified wire harness – Including cabling and connectors (and
specifically in-line connectors going through the doors)
*       Camera design – Cost saving in the sealed connector that can be
simplified into an unshielded connector, as well as savings in the internal
PCB and camera design.
*       ECU design – Switching to smaller, less expensive connectors.

In total, the report found that using MIPI A-PHY-based chipsets for
higher-resolution camera sensors and SerDes solutions would result in a
total system cost reduction of up to 15%, relative to existing proprietary
solutions. This includes a 63% reduction in wire harness and connector
costs, which together form a significant portion of the total system cost.
The report stated that there are further cost reduction opportunities for
OEMs resulting from native integration of A-PHY into image sensors.

“MIPI A-PHY is the connectivity solution that will support advancements in
ADAS,” said Gideon Kedem, Valens SVP and Head of Automotive. “For a long
time, we’ve known that A-PHY gives OEMs the highest bandwidth, the longest
distance, and the lowest error rate – and today, thanks to this
first-of-its-kind research by a 3rd-party benchmarking firm, we can add to
that list another important metric – lowest total system cost.”

“When comparing the costs of A-PHY based solutions with conventional
solutions, there is a clear winner, and that’s A-PHY,” said Abhishek Gandhi,
Cost Engineer at A2MAC1. “An industry switchover to A-PHY-based extension
solutions could save real money – for OEMs and ultimately for consumers as

The Valens VA7000 chipset family is the first A-PHY compliant chipset and
engineering samples will be available in Q4 2021.

About Valens
Valens (NYSE: VLN) is a leading provider of semiconductor products, pushing
the boundaries of connectivity by enabling long-reach, high-speed video and
data distribution 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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