Micron Optive’s Vehicle Revolution is Based on Valence
Valence and Micron demonstrated in Las Vegas a dedicated storage solution for the automotive industry that combines the Valence communications chip with a new Micron SSD drive specifically tailored for automotive-grade use. It provides a storage capacity of 1 terabyte. The combination of the two technologies makes it possible to implement a new vehicle storage architecture. Today, the memories in the vehicle are distributed in a decentralized manner next to the accessory they serve, whether it is the ADAS system or the entertainment and information systems.
Remote central memory, instead of distributed local memory
The integrated product allows automakers to use one large central storage drive that will serve all systems simultaneously, to streamline communication between systems, improve security and lower component and wiring costs. Valence’s communication chips make it possible to transfer uncompressed video and audio content, and data in various formats and protocols such as USB and Ethernet. They provide communication speeds of up to 16Gbps over a simple and inexpensive pair of copper wires (UTP) up to a distance of 15 meters.
This makes it possible to move the processing and storage components away from the various systems to the mainframe to simplify the architecture without compromising performance. Micron’s automotive division marketing director Rinehart Weigel said automakers and system vendors are beginning to adopt key architectures. “Remote centralized storage provides significant advantages over distributed local storage. It provides better information and updating capability, and integration at lower costs.”
Aptive’s new architecture is based on Valence
These capabilities are also the basis for the collaboration with Aptive, which we first reported on in Techtime in September. At CES, Aptiv introduced a new vehicle architecture, SVA – Smart Vehicle Architecture, designed to address the growing communication and information needs of connected and autonomous vehicles. SVA architecture is based on the assumption that future cars will be autonomous to varying degrees (levels 3-5) and therefore need full resistance to malfunctions in three areas: vehicle computing resources, sensor function and communication network connecting all vehicle resources, and finally power supply to this entire array.
The architecture is based on complete redundancy of the vehicle computer, the sensors and the power supply system – and the construction of a fault-resistant communication system. This is where the Valence communications chip fits in as one of the pillars of the communications system. This means that any manufacturer equipped with Aptive’s new architecture will at least purchase Valence chips, which are embedded in Aptive’s PDC – Power Data Center modules. The vice president of automotive architecture at Aptive, Lee Bauer, said Valens is an excellent partner. “Together we work to simplify the car’s architecture and enable the development of new applications that shape the driving experience.”
A new industry standard
Aside from the commercial potential, these two collaborations reflect the fact that Valens’ technology is gradually becoming a de facto standard in the field of vehicle communications. In June this year, the MIPI Alliance adopted Valence’s HDBaseT technology as the basis for the communication protocol that connects the sensors and cameras in the vehicle. Being one of the most important standardization organizations in the world, the adoption of Valence’s technology as a standard will increase the adoption of Valence’s technology in the industry and will require its competitors to align.
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Valence and Micron demonstrated in Las Vegas a dedicated storage solution for the automotive industry that combines the Valence communications chip with a new Micron SSD drive specifically tailored for automotive-grade use.