Omnivision, a leading global developer of semiconductor solutions, advanced digital imaging, analog, and touch & display technology, and Valens Semiconductor, a premier provider of high-speed connectivity solutions for the automotive and audio-video markets, have partnered to bring to market a MIPI A-PHY-compliant camera solution for the automotive industry. The companies will include Valens’ new VA7000 A-PHY-compliant chipsets inside Omnivision’s Automotive Reference Design System (ARDS) camera modules. The initial camera module will also include the OX08B40 image sensor from Omnivision .
Since its release by the MIPI Alliance in late 2020, A-PHY, the standard for high-speed in-vehicle connectivity, has garnered significant momentum within the industry. In 2021, the IEEE standards association adopted A-PHY in its entirety as one of its own standards. Automotive Tier-1 and Tier-2 technology suppliers, such as Omnivision , have been working to adopt the standard for their next-generation solutions for Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) applications. Valens is the first company to launch A-PHY compliant chipsets, having started shipping samples of its VA7000 product family to select customers and partners in December 2021.
The collaboration between Valens and Omnivision will pave the way for the development of A-PHY-compliant camera systems, allowing for smaller camera designs, reduced power consumption, lower camera cost, and interoperability with the wider A-PHY ecosystem. Both companies will demonstrate the A-PHY reference design at AutoSens Detroit (May 10-12, 2022).