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Valens Collaborates with Sumitomo Electric to Harness MIPI A-PHY Technology and Deployments

Valens Semiconductor (NYSE: VLN) and Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
(TYO: 5802) announced today that they are collaborating in the field of
A-PHY technology and deployments. The companies will work together to ensure
that Sumitomo Electric’s wiring harness systems meet the channel
requirements of the A-PHY specification, while Valens will add the Sumitomo
Electric cable assembly and matching on-board connectors as an ordering
option for its VA70XX customer evaluation kits. The cooperation will
streamline the deployment of MIPI A-PHY technology across the automotive

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). It was released by the MIPI Alliance in September 2020. Soon after,
in July 2021, the technology was adopted by the renowned IEEE
standardization body as one of its own standards. A-PHY’s primary mission is
to transfer high-speed data between cameras, radars, LiDARs and their
related ECUs.

Sumitomo Electric will provide differential/coaxial cables that meet the
A-PHY specification, and the two companies will work together to expand the
variety of cabling options in the future. Valens will feature Sumitomo
Electric cables in a live A-PHY demonstration at CES 2022 (Suite 29-139,
Venetian Hotel).

“Deployment of MIPI A-PHY in automotive systems just got even easier with
Sumitomo Electric committing to ensuring that their off-the-shelf cables
meet the A-PHY channel requirements,” said Gideon Kedem, Valens SVP and Head
of Automotive. “Sumitomo Electric is a world-class company with more than
30% market share in wire harnesses manufacturing and assembly, so we’re
thrilled to welcome them into the ranks of the rapidly growing A-PHY

“At Sumitomo Electric, we view A-PHY as the connectivity infrastructure
underlying the cars of tomorrow, so it was important for us to make sure our
cables meet this standard’s channel requirements,” said Hiroki Hirai,
Sumitomo Electric General Manager of CAS-EV Development Promotion Division.
“We are excited to help Valens – the leading provider of A-PHY-compliant
chipsets – bring additional flexibility to their evaluation kits and to
provide a faster route towards the deployment of A-PHY by OEMs, both in
Japan and around the world.”

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 automotive and audio-video 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

About Sumitomo Electric
Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. is a recognized global technology leader
with over 280,000 employees working at more than 390 group companies in 40
countries. Building on over 120 years of innovation, today Sumitomo Electric
is engaged in diversified business activities that support people’s daily
lives and industries in five business segments: automotive,
infocommunications, electronics, environment & energy, and industrial
materials. For more information, visit

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