August 30, 2022
Leopard Imaging, which develops embedded vision systems, has announced a partnership with Valens Semiconductor, which provides high-speed connectivity systems for the automotive and audio-video markets. The partnership aims to design a camera module that will enable OEMs and Tier 1 providers to reduce the time to market for their A-PHY-based systems, a standard that can be used to support Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS).
Since its release by the MIPI Alliance, the A-PHY standard (also adopted by the IEEE in 2021) has garnered momentum within the automotive industry, Valens said. Automotive OEMs, Tier 1 and 2 providers are evaluating Valens’ A-PHY-compliant VA7000 chipsets for potential ADAS integration, the company added.
As an elite partner for leading automotive system-on-chip (SoC) vendors, Leopard Imaging will serve as a design house for machine vision, ADAS, and autonomous systems based on A-PHY, Valens said. The new product will be an off-the-shelf A-PHY camera module, simplifying the integration of MIPI A-PHY and VA7000 chipsets into cars. The module will include an advanced automotive sensor, and the company will offer the module with an A-PHY deserializer board connected to a standard processor-based compute unit. Leopard Imaging said it plans to add additional sensors and drivers to support other processors in response to market requirements, all connected with Valens Semiconductor VA7000 chipsets.
“The MIPI A-PHY ecosystem continues to gain very strong momentum in the market,” said Gideon Kedem, senior vice president and head of automotive at Valens Semiconductor. “Leopard Imaging is a global market leader for image-based systems in automotive and machine vision, and we’re confident that their new module will help spur market adoption of A-PHY-based ADAS and autonomous solutions.”
“We’ve seen strong demand for MIPI A-PHY-based connectivity solutions, which is why it was so important for us to partner with Valens Semiconductor and to add their VA7000 A-PHY chipset’s capabilities to our camera module portfolio,” said Bill Pu, CEO at Leopard Imaging. “The new connectivity standard offers a number of key technological breakthroughs – including in bandwidth, link distance, and resilience to Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) – all of this fuels our expectation that this module will generate significant interest from our automotive customers and partners.”