ams acquires NXP's advanced CMOS sensor business

July 28, 2015 // By Paul Buckley
ams AG has acquired the CMOS sensor business from NXP Semiconductors to expands ams’ environmental sensor portfolio with advanced monolithic and integrated CMOS sensors that measure several environmental variables such as relative humidity, pressure and temperature in one sensor device.

“Environmental sensors can replicate and enhance human responses by monitoring and measuring smell, pressure and temperature. By capturing this information electronically, data-driven decisions can be made automatically and efficiently,” said Thomas Riener, Executive Vice President, Marketing & Strategy at ams. “The acquisition of NXP’s CMOS Sensor Business expands our existing environmental sensor technologies and is a synergistic addition to our chemical sensor capabilities and smart lighting solutions. This portfolio makes ams the one-stop shop for environmental sensors.”

The enlarged line of ams environmental sensors is anticipated to drive high-value growth opportunities for smart phones, wearables, and other mobile devices as well as for smart buildings and the industrial, medical and automotive markets. The cost-effective smart sensor systems will combine intelligence, wired and wireless interfaces, and advanced power management to increase human comfort, reduce energy costs, and provide additional safety and security. Particular attributes of the sensors include the following:

  • Minimum size, leveraging on chip-scale package (CSP) technology
  • Greatly reduced package complexity and cost
  • Low power consumption
  • Best-in-class analog front ends
  • Outstanding performance and accuracy
  • Easy integration with other sensors

Specially developed sensor fusion software allows information from multiple sources within the environment to be combined and creates context awareness for delivering information to users.