The Macron Option’s Automotive Revolution is Based on Valens
Micron will use the new Valence chip for a centralized vehicle storage solution, and Adaptive will base its new flagship architecture on the same chip. The collaborations have been announced at CES and reflect Valence’s strengthening position in the industry.
Valens company announced , two new collaborations in the automotive industry: with storage solutions giant Micron and Aptiv (former Delphi) automotive systems supplier. The two collaborations are based on the newly launched Valence communications chip, VA608A. This is the first chip in the world that allows the PCIe fast communication channel to be used within the vehicle. Usually PCIe is used in data centers.
Valens and Micron demonstrated in Las Vegas a dedicated automotive storage solution that combines the Valence communications chip with a new Micron SSD specifically tailored for automotive-grade use. It provides 1TB of storage. The combination of the two technologies allows the implementation of a new vehicle storage architecture. Nowadays the memories in the vehicle are distributed in a decentralized manner 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 car manufacturers to use one large central storage drive that will serve all systems at the same time, to streamline communication between systems, improve security, and lower component and wiring costs. Valens communication chips allow you 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, inexpensive copper wire pair (UTP) up to 15 meters.
This allows the processing and storage components to be moved from the various systems to the central computer to simplify the architecture without compromising performance. Micron’s automotive division marketing manager Reinhart Weigel said carmakers and system vendors are starting to adopt key architectures. “Remote centralized storage provides significant advantages over distributed local storage. It provides better information security and updating capability, and less cost integration.”
Aptive’s new architecture is based on Valens
These capabilities are also the basis for the collaboration with Aptive, which we first reported on at Techtime in September. Aptive introduced a new vehicle architecture at CES, SVA – Smart Vehicle Architecture, designed to meet the growing communication and information needs of connected and autonomous vehicles. SVA architecture is based on the assumption that the cars of the future will be autonomous to varying degrees (levels 3-5) and therefore need full resistance to faults in three areas: vehicle computing resources, sensor function and communication network that connects all vehicle resources, and finally the power supply for this entire array.
The architecture is based on complete redundancy of the vehicle computer, sensors and power supply system – and the construction of fault-resistant communication system. This is where the Valence communication chip fits into one of the pillars of the communications system. This means that any manufacturer equipped with the new Apatib architecture will also purchase at least Valence chips, which are embedded in the Apatib PDC – Power Data Center modules. Appetive Automotive Architecture Vice President Lee Bauer said Valens is a great partner. “Together, we are working to simplify the car’s architecture and enable the development of new applications that shape the travel experience.”
A new industry standard
Aside from the commercial potential, these two collaborations express the fact that Valence’s technology is gradually becoming a de facto standard in automotive communications. In June of this year, the standards organization MIPI Alliance adopted Valence’s HDBaseT technology as the basis for the communication protocol connecting the sensors and cameras in the vehicle. Being one of the world’s most important standards organizations, adopting Valence’s technology as a standard will increase the adoption of Valence’s technology in the industry and will require its competitors to line up.
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Micron will use the new Valence chip for a centralized vehicle storage solution