Valens Semiconductor Building its USB Offering for the Industrial and Machine Vision Market with Acquisition of Acroname

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ByJim Frazer
Acquisition or Partnership

Valens Semiconductor, a player in high-performance connectivity, announced the acquisition of Acroname, a pioneering company specializing in advanced automation and control technologies. The acquisition enables Valens to expand its position in the industrial and machine vision market with a holistic USB-focused offering that includes Valens' USB extension chipsets, augmented by Acroname's technology and expertise. The synergies between the two companies will allow customers to accelerate the introduction of new innovative products to market.     

Machine Vision Market

The industrial and machine vision markets are progressing in the transition to USB-connected cameras, with USB3 Vision cameras accounting for nearly 30% of the connectivity interfaces. With its expertise in software control, telemetry data, USB-PD and build quality, Acroname has been a supplier of high-end programmable USB hubs, switches, and test automation systems for industrial applications. Combined with Valens' innovative VS6320 chipset – the only single-chip 100m industrial-grade copper SuperSpeed USB extension on the market – Valens can provide a holistic solution for USB peripherals that include both extension and fully programmable, telemetry rich, switching of USB signals. Combining the expertise of Valens and Acroname will open new opportunities for innovative solutions in the industrial machine vision, test automation, and other markets affected by the limitations of USB.

Acroname designs, develops, and distributes products for applications in manufacturing automation, AV conference rooms, managed IT services, mobile device management, and embedded robotic control systems. Acroname's system automation platform, BrainStem, provides highly modular and scalable hardware and software tools, including tools for management of USB and USB-PD, used in OEM applications around the world. 

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