Micron Technology and Valens from Hod Hasharon, near Tel Aviv, demonstrated the first automotive industry’s 1TB remote, centralized storage solution at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Based on Micron’s ball grid array (BGA) solid-state NVME drive and Valens’ automotive connectivity technology, the combined solution is capable of tunneling PCIe over long distances on a single cable supporting up to 16Gbps of data transfer over low-cost, unshielded twisted pair wiring (UTP).
“Remote, centralized storage provides significant benefits over traditional local, distributed storage in automotive applications,” said Reinhard Weigl, Micron’s senior director of Automotive Marketing at Micron. “It enables better data protection and version control at a lower cost.” Micron is using Valens’ automotive VA608A chipset that delivers data transmission speeds of up to 16Gbps and enables automakers to extend native PCIe as a long-distance in-vehicle connectivity technology – up to 15m/50ft.
The VA608A is also the only chipset to enable 2.5Gb Ethernet over UTP wire. It enables a new concept for long-distance PCIe connectivity, and to utilize existing components without requiring a complete redesign of the vehicle’s architecture. Valens’ PCIe extension technology is designed for many use cases in the vehicle including telematics, multi-modem antennas (5G, WiFi, WiGig, BT, etc.), ECU-to-ECU connectivity, and shared storage/black box storage.
Valens was established in 2015 with a goal to provide the fastest audio/video chipset technology to the automotive. Its patented HDBaseT technology was adopted by The MIPI Alliance as the baseline for its long-reach, high-speed connectivity A-PHY automotive application standard.