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Participants
Angus Pacala Chief Executive Officer
Anna Brunelle Chief Financial Officer
Sarah Ewing Director of Investor Relations
Blayne Curtis Barclays
Itay Micheaeli Citi
Tyler Bomba Baird
Richard Shannon Craig-Hallum Capital
Joseph Osha Guggenheim
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Operator

Good afternoon, and welcome, everyone, to Ouster's Second Quarter Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions]. The call today is being recorded, and a replay of the call will be available under Ouster Investor Relations website, an hour after the completion of this call. I'd now like to turn the conference over to Sarah Ewing, Director of Investor Relations. Ma'am, please go ahead.

Sarah Ewing

you. Thank afternoon. Good by Chief today Executive Angus Officer, I'm Officer, Ouster's Anna and Financial Brunelle. Pacala, joined Chief

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Anna Brunelle

you, Thank Angus.

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Angus Pacala

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Operator

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Blayne Peter

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Angus Pacala

sure. Yes,

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Blayne Peter

on then for OpEx just line. Anna, And one maybe the

few map et investing software, road a mentioned You cetera. areas, in and

be Just That the any helpful. would on OpEx thoughts for year?

Anna Brunelle

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Operator

the Micheaeli Citi. line next from comes of Our question Itay of

Itay Michaeli

Maybe just on first the gross two quick ones, margin.

that freight you the it sequentially, costs And of quantify of in premium I grow mentioned were. maybe revenue chain looks incurred some for supply flat. half and perhaps then second hoping could you was what gross the in guiding kind like margin other year, inefficiency about You QX. to you're those

ASPs, assumptions little the you the year? the I think second a around particular Maybe in more the factors half some you on to could alluded of bit there. of provide in

Anna Brunelle

out without positive question company far our question we're that. Yes. reiterating that on as I I first of margins, am just there I very first I can't go the a by think as let your hardware. of how proud with proud I on margins mean gross to And only -- I we're margin know, Lidar address all,

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ahead. think go your -- I

Itay Michaeli

No.

on I ASPs. kind the think on walk and the maybe second the of half year of

Anna Brunelle

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Itay Michaeli

If helpful. on super in That's question could one SCAs. the I just sneak

bit existing to what on customers then Maybe you kind you drove as last new I that just also versus remarks. quarter. seeing growth. prepared about customers. alluded saw could of from think markets But comment was I generally a as talk little incremental you're of sort of you hoping end the demand in what terms growth in particular well And that your

Anna Brunelle

mean I all across SCAs X we markets, sign end continue I to across of verticals. our Yes. think

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Itay Michaeli

of split existing new as between as Kind customers well of the in? sort coming customers

Anna Brunelle

we you because tell by really in both rate how we're signing second added new that the getting the and customers can XXX approximately we're obviously, quarter. Well, SCAs

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Operator

line the Our from of comes Baird. next of Gerra question Tristan

Tyler Bomba

Bomba This is Tyler on for Tristan.

timing of the Lidars the will the 'XX, And You then you're in state fourth versus is this in introduced Lidar you've market still mentioned reasons? technology solid your of solid-state could the made on end or that terms far be because applications? rotational because working on quarter of choice you for market elaborate thus

Angus Pacala

Sure.

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Tyler Bomba

them X the as ramp a look declines we versus at ASP rotational X unit And should lidars declines? less Maybe intersect the then of Great. of how ramps? and for ASP offset follow-up, Yes. than the unit where

Anna Brunelle

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Operator

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Richard Shannon

on guess here. agreements the first my I strategic one customer is

like a those large or XX million suspect be deals to probably was fair roughly. of Maybe, million modest $X how a of last million the average of some there value quarter. on something interesting offer. perspective want more I quarter size with you during can the X number, the Or $X on maybe more? of, if added I should us was so we number think, that deals think, I You've X in to amount an give to $XX quoted that and is couch you see or us end you markets, it perspective that Angus, for terms average in

Angus Pacala

Yes.

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Anna Brunelle

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Richard Shannon

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Angus Pacala

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industrial infrastructure market, swaths of the today. market true large that For robotics all the market, is and the smart

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Operator

Osha comes question the of line Guggenheim. from last Our of Joseph

Joseph Osha

to up topic first wanted that return question little came I a bit a earlier.

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Angus Pacala

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Joseph Osha

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Angus Pacala

Yes.

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Joseph Osha

sense. Makes interesting. That's

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Angus Pacala

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this paradigm it's we term. so the have the forward move And in technology to capacity just long shift

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for is most metrics. across that, And relevant so this in market-leading And beginning very we're despite technology. already this the all much position this

opportunity -- yes, just to I'm And there's push future, technology incredibly forward. huge excited so and the the for

Operator

Pacala I'd back Angus our does to to question-and-answer the closing conclude conference session. like remarks. And Mr. turn for this over any

Angus Pacala

everyone day. great. Well, a to I tuning everyone, have thank and wanted today, great in for just

Operator

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