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ISELED Alliance welcomes Valeo as a new member


The automotive supplier, Valeo, partner to all automakers worldwide, joins the innovative LED alliance.

Munich, Germany, September 21, 2017 – ISELED, the open alliance formed to develop and market an innovative in-vehicle LED lighting concept within a full ecosystem, announces that Valeo has joined it as its new member.

Valeo will take place alongside the other partners of the ISELED alliance: Inova Semiconductors, Dominant Opto Technologies, Lucie Labs, NXP, TE Connectivity and Pforzheim University. Valeo will bring its wealth of expertise, experience and ability to innovate to the alliance, especially in interior and ambient lighting.

The ISELED Alliance operates as an ecosystem for innovative in-vehicle digital LED lighting, with partners working together to create a complete solution including hardware and software. The core concept integrates a smart LED driver with three color LEDs into a tiny package, which reduces costs, simplifies control, and expands the functionality of LED lighting and display solutions.

Christophe Le Ligné, R&D and Product Marketing Director at Valeo Visibility Systems, said, “Valeo is pleased to join ISELED, to bring its know-how in Lighting systems to the alliance and to contribute to the emergence of new innovative LED solutions. "

Robert Kraus, CEO at Inova Semiconductors, noted, “Valeo is a recognized technology innovator in many areas, including automotive interior and exterior lighting. With operations in 32 countries, it brings a truly global scale to the ISELED Alliance.”

Its broad technological scope makes Valeo a natural partner to deliver synergies and innovation to the up-and-coming in-vehicle lighting space. Valeo's entry will accelerate mainstream adoption and lead to further integration of lighting and other next-generation technological advancements.

About the ISELED Alliance
The ISELED Alliance represents an ecosystem around the new concept of a "digital LED" for car interiors, for which the alliance members offer a complete system solution of hardware and software components.  The founding members are Inova Semiconductor, Dominant Opto Technologies, NXP, TE Connectivity and Pforzheim University. In March 2017, the French IoT-startup LucieLabs joined the alliance.

About Valeo
Valeo is an automotive supplier, partner to all automakers worldwide. As a technology company, Valeo proposes innovative products and systems that contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions and to the development of intuitive driving. In 2016, the Group generated sales of 16.5 billion euros and invested over 11% of its original equipment sales in Research and Development. Valeo has 166 plants, 20 research centers, 38 development centers and 15 distribution platforms, and employs 100,900 people in 32 countries worldwide. Valeo is listed on the Paris stock exchange and is a member of the CAC 40 index.


Frost & Sullivan Acknowledges Inova Semiconductor’s Commitment to Providing the Best Ambient Lighting Solutions to the Automotive Industry


The smart LED driver from Inova provides sophisticated calibration features helps create unique lighting signatures, enable users to change the color of illumination, and employ dynamic lighting effects at no additional costs


LONDON, U.K. — June 26, 2017 — Based on its recent analysis of the automotive ambient lighting LED controller IC industry, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Inova Semiconductors with the 2017 European Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Leadership. Inova’s Automotive Pixel Link (APIX) platform has proven extremely popular among original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and Tier I suppliers for meeting their demand for high-resolution in-car video applications. Collaborating with Dominant Opto Technologies, NXP, TE Connectivity, and Pforzheim University, Inova developed an all-new in-car light emitting diode (LED) lighting system that drives down costs, simplifies control, and expands the functionality of LED lighting and display solutions.

Inova’s expertise in the APIX communications standard has enabled it to build an efficient communications protocol with only 2 Mbps that allows each of up to 4.096 LEDs in a string to be individually addressed. In the latest APIX3 products, this technology is capable of offering data transmission at speeds of up to 12 Gbps for transmitting uncompressed videos to displays. The high-performing system has found enthusiastic acceptance among numerous premium car manufacturers, such as BMW, Jaguar Land Rover, Volvo, Bentley, Rolls Royce, as well as Alfa Romeo.

“In its in-car lighting solution, a tiny controller is built into the LED package along with the red, green, and blue (RGB) LED and uses a daisy-chain. This makes it theoretically possible to create an LED strip containing 4,096 LEDs,” said Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Kamalesh Mohanarangam. “Inova expects that a string of up to 30 LEDs will meet customers’ requirements, but the next generation of ambient lighting systems will have RGB LEDs, and the same LEDs will be used to produce different colors.”

The smart LED driver from Inova boasts sophisticated calibration features that ensure that every LED will render the same color and brightness over the full temperature range. Additionally, a bidirectional communication system allows the OEMs to address each LED separately and analyze the diagnostic data of individual LEDs.

By partnering with other value chain participants, Inova has managed to leverage the strengths of these individual partners. For instance, for creating a new-age, in-vehicle LED lighting system:

  • Inova provides the chips
  • NXP delivers the microcontroller and software for the ambient lighting solution
  • Dominant Opto Technologies builds RGB LEDs with Inova’s controllers
  • TE Connectivity acts as the system integrator
  • LucieLabs, an Internet of Things start-up from France, provides the application software that will allow users to create unique lighting effects for the car simply over a smartphone

“Going forward, the luxury segment cars are expected to feature up to 300 LEDs in ambient lighting and the system must be equipped with diagnostic functionalities to ensure compliance with safety requirements,” noted Kamalesh Mohanarangam. “Also, the three RGB LEDs of the module will form a ‘pixel,’ which, at 24-bit resolution, can be set to more than 16 million colors. With Inova’s high-speed communication protocol, the lighting effect can be processed in true video speed, thus creating a new level of lighting displays in cars.”

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated excellence in implementing strategies that proactively create value for its customers with a focus on improving the return on the investment that customers make in its services or products. The award recognizes the company's inordinate focus on augmenting the value that its customers receive, beyond simply good customer service, leading to improved customer retention and ultimately customer base expansion.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.


Inova Semiconductors launches mezzanine card for APIX automotive video development using Intel FPGAs


Easy-to-use card cuts time to market

Nuremburg, Germany, March 13, 2017 – At the Embedded World exhibition, Inova Semiconductors today announced a new high speed mezzanine card for Intel® Cyclone® V FPGA boards.

The new transceiver card has been co-developed by Inova and the Intel Programmable Solutions Group, and enables engineers to easily set up hardware for testing and system development with the APIX2 automotive video interface. It can be connected to any Intel FPGA development board with a High-Speed Mezzanine Card (HSMC) connector, which enables system development with Intel FGPAs and System-on-Chips (SoCs). A design example has been developed for receiving and merging APIX2 camera video streams and sending them over an APIX2 link, and will be available at the Intel Design Store.

APIX2 is Inova’s SerDes (serializer/deserializer) technology for video and data communication in vehicles. It provides high-speed differential data transmission over a quad twisted pair (QSTP) cable, with bandwidth up to 3Gbps. APIX2 is the second generation of the proven Automotive Pixel Link (APIX) standard, and is ideal for automotive display and camera applications.

Michael Hendricks, director for the Automotive business in the Intel Programmable Solutions Group, said, “The APIX2 HSMC add-on card enables the interfacing of cameras and displays to Intel FPGAs via long-reach APIX2 interfacing, thus enabling the development of feature-rich next-generation cockpit experiences.”

Product capabilities

The APIX2 High Speed Mezzanine Card can simultaneously stream multiple digital video signals, as well as 100 Mbps bidirectional Ethernet data traffic and SPI control data, over robust APIX cable connections into and out of a FPGA.

The two on-board Inova INAP375RAQ receiver devices accept video streams with resolutions of up 1600x600 pixels and refresh rates of up to 100Hz. Their flexible video interface is configurable to handle one or two independent video streams each, which gives a total of up to four video input streams.

The on-board Inova INAP375TAQ transmitter can send 18- or 24-bit video with a resolution of up to 1600x600 pixels, 24-bit color depth and refresh rates of up to 100Hz to a display using the OpenLDI digital video interface.

The card’s RJ45 10/100 Ethernet port enables it to send and receive data traffic over the APIX2 link of the transmitter and receiver #1, via a Media Independent Interface (MII). It can also be used to send IP video traffic over the APIX2 links.

In camera applications, the cameras can be powered remotely through Power over APIX (PoA) using the card’s power regulator.

Additional features

The APIX2 transmitter device includes an HSD® (High Speed Data) connector for a QSTP cable, as well as an LVDS interface via the HSMC connector from the FPGA.

Each of the two APIX2 receiver devices include an HSD® (High Speed Data) connector for a QSTP cable. There is a parallel video interface of each receiver to the FPGA via the HSMC connector.

The new card also features an SPI port and STATUS pin connected to the FPGA.

The mezzanine card will be available in Q1 2017.

It will be on display at the Embedded World exhibition, Nuremburg, Germany from March 14-16, 2017. Inova is at Hall 4A, Booth 424.