2020-08-07

Ibeo Adopts AMS’ VCSEL for Its Solid-State LiDAR to Support Automotive Manufacturer Great Wall Motor

AMS and Ibeo Automotive Systems confirm that ams VCSEL technology is a core component of Ibeo’s new solid-state LiDAR solution, ibeoNEXT. Ibeo’s LiDAR system will be used in Level-3 automated driving on production vehicles at Great Wall Motor Company starting in 2022. The VCSEL manufacturing technology of ams allows for flexibility in layout design regarding number of pixels, their size and pitch, and specific addressability patterns. The VCSELs can differentiate in scan and flash applications as they are less sensitive to individual e...
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2020-08-05

AMS Supplies Spectral Sensor to Create Rapid Test for COVID-19

Sensing technologies have been wide adopted for applications that aim to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Several solutions used LiDAR sensors to keep social distance between people or to control people flow based on object detecting. Spectral sensing, on the other hand, can be applied for medical testing for COVID-19 virus. Austrian sensor expert AMS recently announced its collaboration with two German medical companies for such applications. AMS said that it is providing its AS7341L spectral sensor to midge medical, a German medical technology startup from B...
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2020-07-30

Osram Reports Expectable FY3Q20 Financial Results and Includes Supervisory Board Members from AMS

Osram announced the financial results of its fiscal 3Q20. The German company said that the performance was better than expected compared to the main sales markets. For Osram’s FY 3Q20, its revenue on a comparable basis fell by 29.4% YoY to EUR 606 million (US$ 711.95 million) due to the impact of the Coronavirus crisis. EBITDA before special items was well above expectations with negative EUR 27 million (US$ 31.75 million). Osram’s Automotive business unit was impacted the most with on-year sales dropped by 35.7% to EUR 282 million (US$ ...
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2020-07-08

AMS’ Acquisition of Osram Approved by the EU Commission

Since the Austrian sensing company AMS won the bid of Osram in December 2019, it has been a long journey for it to complete the acquisition of the German company. Finally, on July 6, AMS announced that it has received unconditional regulatory approval from the EU commission for the acquisition of Osram and is going to close the takeover on July 9, 2020. As the acquisition announced last year, it was stated that the merger would be subject to antitrust and foreign trade approvals by the EU. In the press release of the EU Commission, the Commission concluded that ...
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2020-03-25

AMS Plans to Complete Osram Transition in 2Q20 and Reveal 1Q20 Financial Expectations with COVID-19 Assessment

Sensor solution supplier AMS updated the progress of its acquisition of Osram and reported its financial expectations for the first quarter of 2020 after assessing the COVID-19 situation. (Image: AMS) After AMS started its takeover process for Osram since December 2019 and reported further update that the deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2020. The Austrian sensor maker is processing its EUR 1.65 billion (US$1.78 billion) rights issues for the takeover and noted that they only require “the receipt of the required regulatory approvals&rd...
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2020-03-18

AMS Introduces World’s Smallest IR Flood Illuminator for 3D Face Scan

Sensor solution provider AMS debuted a new IR flood illuminator module, Merano Hybrid, which integrates the laser emitter, laser driver, optical stack and eye-safety monitoring to enhance 3D sensing capabilities for mobile products. (Image: AMS) The highly power-efficient 2W Merano-Hybrid is suitable for use in the latest 3D sensing technologies, including the Time-of-Flight and Structured Light methods. Applications such as face recognition, augmented reality, 3D object scanning and 3D image rendering, as well as other industrial and automotive applications, w...
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2020-03-09

Osram CFO Ingo Bank Moves to AMS

After the acquisition of Osram by ams, the two companies are accelerating their integration. Last Friday, Osram announced that its CFO Ingo Bank will become CFO of ams on May 1, 2020 following the latest appointment. (Ingo Bank; image: Osram) Austria-based sensor and semiconductor expert ams has successfully launched a takeover offer for all the outstanding shares of OSRAM in 2019. Together the two companies agreed to possibly expand the number of ams board members through the course of the acquisition with the appointment of an Osram board member. At Osra...
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2020-02-19

Osram Pushes Efficiency Program and Accelerate Transformation

After reporting a robust financial result for its Fiscal 1Q20, Osram further announced a better than expected performance of its efficiency programs. The German company said that thanks to the increased efficiency and the initiated measures, its savings target will increase from its original target of EUR 220 million (US$ 237.5 million) euros to EUR 300 million (US$ 323.87 million) by 2022. The cumulative impact of several individually-led programs across Osram business units has resulted in beating expectations with regards to savings. Together, they have already suc...
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2019-12-31

TrendForce 2020 Infrared Sensing Application Market Trend- Mobile 3D Sensing, LiDAR and Driver Monitoring System

According to the latest report by the LEDinside research division of TrendForce, titled 2020 Infrared Sensing Application Market Trend- Mobile 3D Sensing, LiDAR and Driver Monitoring System, Over 10 types of high-end smartphones are expected to use 3D sensing solutions and some of them will expand the use of 3D sensing in the front and rear cameras in 2020, which will further increase the VCSEL market value. According to TrendForce, the VCSEL market scale used for 3D sensing in mobile devices will be likely to grow by 30% in 2020. Smartphone brands wi...
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2019-12-09

AMS Succeeds in Osram Buyout with Second Bid

Austrian sensor company AMS has successfully takeover Osram with its EUR 4.6 billion (US$5.9 billion) bid in the second attempt by achieving the acceptance threshold of 55% of share. Both AMS and Osram published the final result on December 6, 2019. AMS first offered Osram a bid at EUR 38.5 per share (US$ 42.6) in July, 2019 and raised the price to EUR 41 per share later in October to compete with other bidder. However, the first takeover failed as AMS did not achieve the minimum acceptance threshold of 62.5%. The sensor specialist soon launched new...
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2019-10-21

AMS Launches New Takeover Offer to Osram with Same Price and Lower Acceptance Rate

AMS re-approached Osram with a new bidding offer launched on October 18. With the new offer, the Austrian company aims to acquire Osram with a price of EUR 41 (US$ 46) per share with the minimum acceptance rate of 55%. The sensor maker failed the first attempt to takeover Osram in the beginning of October as it did not reach the minimum acceptance threshold of 62.5%. Within two weeks, AMS keeps its words of continuing the acquisition plan and proposed the new offer with the same price of EUR 41 per share but a lower acceptance rate of 55%. The offer values Osram w...
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2019-10-05

AMS Fails to Takeover Osram but Aims to Continue Acquisition

AMS failed to complete its Osram takeover plan despite that it has raised the bid to EUR 4.5 billion (US$ 4.9 billion) with the price of EUR 41 (US$ 45) per share. However, the sensor maker said that it will continue pursuing the acquisition of Osram. AMS reported on October 4 that it did not reach the minimum acceptance threshold of 62.5% required for completing Osram takeover. Instead, the final acceptances level was 51.6% including its direct shareholding of 20%, making AMS the current largest shareholder of Osram. The sensor company, however, still sees...
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2019-10-03

AMS to Reveal the Result of Osram Takeover after Offer Price Increased

AMS is going to announce the result of Osram’s takeover bid on October 3 after it reported that it is holding 19.99% of all Osram shares on October 1 as a direct shareholding, before the offer expired at midnight. The sensor maker targeted for a minimum of 62.5% shareholding to win the bid against Bain and Advent. The consortium of Bain Capital and Advent reported their interests of joining the bidding with a better offer on September 26, which pushed AMS to raise its offer price from EUR 38.5 (US$ 42.17) per share to EUR 41 (US$ 44.91) on September 27...
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2019-09-26

Osram Bidding War Goes on with Bain and Advent to Raise Takeover Offer

Osram announced on September 25 that “the courtship” of the company continues as Bain Capitan and its new partner, Advent, are in talk with Osram with its willingness to make a new takeover for the German high tech company, confronting sensor maker AMS. According to Osram, the consortium of Advent and Bain Capital has indicated that “it may offer a ‘meaningful’ premium over the current offer from AMS of EUR 38.50 (US$42.14) per share.” The new bidders also said that their binding offer will be superior not only in terms of price ...
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2019-09-17

Osram Board Support AMS Offer while Union against the Takeover

After AMS confirmed the takeover offer of Osram, the German lighting company is facing internal conflicts regarding the acquisition. The Austrian sensor company published a public takeover offer of EUR 38.50 per share to acquire Osram. The German company announced yesterday (September 16) that its Executive Board and the majority of its Supervisory Board recommended the shareholders to accept the offer from “a financial point of view.” However, employee representatives of Osram oppose the takeover offer with the concern of potential job losses as AMS ...
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2019-09-05

Osram Shareholders to Decide on AMS’ Takeover Offer before October 2019

After Osram agreed to waive the standstill agreement with AMS, the Austrian company made a counter offer with the price of EUR 38.5 per share in cash to take over the German firm on September 3, 2019. Shareholders of Osram have an acceptance period until October 2019 to decide on the acquisition plan. The offer of AMS raised a bidding war with Bain Capital and The Carlyle Group, who proposed a takeover offer of EUR 35 per share to acquire Osram. AMS underlined that “our offer and the combination of Osram and AMS represents a better option to all sta...
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2019-08-22

Osram Waives Standstill Agreement with AMS

Osram announced that its Managing Board and Supervisory Board have waived the existing standstill agreement with AMS and signed a cooperation agreement. This clears the way for a voluntary public takeover offer by AMS. The offer, which is expected to be valid until the beginning of October, amounts to EUR 38.50 (US$ 42.70 ) in cash per share, with a minimum acceptance level of 70 percent. Olaf Berlien, CEO of OSRAM, commented, “Our shareholders now have two offers on the table, allowing them to choose between the different business concepts.” ...
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2019-08-15

Osram and AMS under Constructive Negotiation

Osram said that it has begun talking with AMS on a Business Combination Agreement since August 13, aiming a publication of AMS' takeover offer before the end of September 5. According to Osram, both parties will continue to carefully assess the details the agreement and hope to reach the common goal that ams will be able to start its tender period during the offer period of the existing takeover offer from the financial investors Bain Capital and The Carlyle Group, thus before the end of September 5, 2019. AMS submitted the proposal to Osram on October 11...
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2019-08-13

Osram Confirms AMS’ EUR 4.3 Billion Proposal and Starts Negotiation

Sensor maker AMS officially joined the bidding competition for Osram takeover against Bain Capital and The Carlyle Group. Osram confirmed the proposal from AMS on August 12 and will start negotiations with AMS. AMS announced on August 11 that it has submitted a takeover proposal to Osram at a price of EUR 38.50 per share (US$ 43.08), which is 10 percent higher than the price offered by Bain and Carlyle (EUR 35 per share). Based on the AMS’ offer, the value of Osram is around EUR 4.3 billion (US$ 4.81 billion).   The sensor maker a...
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2019-07-25

AMS Reconsiders Osram Takeover Plan

Sensor maker ams once again changed its mind for the Osram takeover plan. The company said on July 23rd that decided to re-evaluate a potential transaction with Osram after ams talked with its potential financial partners. ams reported last week that it did not see “sufficient basis” for continuous talking with Osram one day after the German company announced in public ams’ takeover approach. ams has proposed an offer of EUR 38.5 (US$42.9) per share for acquiring Osram. However, the Austrian company now said that after discussion with potential financial p...
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2019-07-16

AMS Withdraws Takeover Offer to Osram within One Day due to “Insufficient Basis”

Osram announced that it Austrian company ams has approached with the interest of a public takeover of Osram with a value of EUR 38.50 (US$ 43.36) per share. However, right after Osram’s announcement, ams decided to withdraw the offer as the company did not see “sufficient basis” for continually talking with Osram. According to Osram, ams showed the interest of acquiring Osram by EUR 38.5 per share. The announcement noticed that to support the offer, ams will need a temporary bridge-loan facility of EUR 4.2 billion (US$ 4.73 billion) and a capital i...
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2019-07-05

ams and SmartSens Partner on 3D and NIR Sensors

Sensor component maker ams announced its partnership with SmartSens Technology, a Shanghai/Sillicon Valley-based CMOS image sensors maker, to collaborate in the field of Image Sensors. ams said that this collaboration complements its strategic approach to further broaden its portfolio for all three 3D technologies, including Active Stereo Vision (ASV), Time-of-Flight (ToF) and Structured Light (SL). To quickly meet an expected increasing demand for 3D sensing solutions in mobile devices, the partnership’s initial focus will be on 3D Near Infrared (N...
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2019-05-21

ams Partners Ibeo and ZF to Deliver LiDAR Technology for Autonomous Driving

Austria-based sensor developer ams announces that it has signed an agreement to team with Ibeo Automotive Systems, the German specialist for automotive LiDAR sensor technology, and ZF Friedrichshafen, automotive technology developer, to advance LiDAR technology for use in autonomous driving and other applications. The three companies will partner on joint R&D efforts to ensure that this exciting technology can be quickly and safely adopted by 2021. (Image: ams) ams will provide automotive-grade VCSEL arrays and drivers for solid-state LiDAR illumination...
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2019-03-20

ams and Wise Road Capital Set up Joint Venture for Environmental Sensors Development

ams, the sensing component supplier of Apple, announced that it will establish a joint venture with Wise Road Capital, a global Private Equity firm focusing on the semiconductor industry and other emerging high-tech industries. The two companies have signed an agreement to create a joint venture to advance the development and sales of environmental, flow and pressure sensor solutions for the global market. Under the agreement, employees, IP, sensor products and solutions and related customers will transfer from ams to the joint venture, while Wise Road Capital will provide it...
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2019-02-26

ams Introduce New IR Laser for 3D Sensing in Mobile Devices

ams announced the launch of MERANO-Photodiode (PD), an in-frared (IR) laser flood illuminator module which provides the uniform light output needed in mobile 3D sensing applications such as user face recognition. By introducing a VCSEL-based flood illuminator in a slim package, ams aims to ehance the adoption of 3D sensing applications in mainstream mobile phones. Its 2W Merano-PD is suitable for use in the latest technologies for 3D sensing, including ToF and structured light methods. Applications such as face recognition, augmented reality, 3D object scannin...
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2019-02-13

ams to Introduce Sensor Solutions for Mobile Devices at MWC 2019

Austrian sensing solution provider ams announced that it will showcase several industry-first technologies for mobile devices at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 in Barcelona during February 25 -28. ams will demonstrate state-of-the-art sensor solutions for mobile, computing and consumers including 3D sensing technology, behind screen solution color sensors and medical-level wearable devices. The industrial and automotive applications of these technologies will also be presented by ams. (image: ams) The 3D sensing technologies for mobile devices include active stereo ca...
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2019-01-09

ams Teams up with Face++ to Enhance 3D Sensing Technologies

ams announced its cooperation with Face++, a Chinese AI software developer, to accelerate OEMs’ and system integrators’ deployments of 3D optical sensing technologies such as face recognition. According to ams, the partnership with Face++ will enable manufacturers to bring facial recognition and other systems to market faster including functions like facial payments, Animoji creation and augmented/virtual reality. The 3D optical sensing solutions created by ams and Face++ use infrared light projectors to map the surface of real-world objects such as a user’...
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2019-01-08

Notch-free iPhone Might be Around the Corner with New ams Sensor

ams, the Austria-based Apple supplier, has announced the release of its new sensing component which can measure ambient light from behind an OLED screen. The newly launched RGB light and IR proximity sensor IC, TCS3701, is featured with behind-screen light measuring ability. The capability supports today’s industrial design trend to maximize smartphone display area by eliminating front-facing bezels, where an ambient light/proximity sensor is typically located. With the new sensor, the next iPhone could be notch-free. (Image: ams) According to ams, it has...
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2018-12-21

ams to Demonstrate Innovative Sensing Applications at CES 2019

Sensor solutions provider ams announced that it will exhibit new sensing technologies for the mobile devices, computing, consumer electronics and automotive sectors at CES 2019. With its theme, ‘Sensing is Life,’ ams is going to introduce sensor solutions including medical-grade wearable devices that monitor blood pressure; 3D technology for smart phones, computing, automotive and robotics; behind OLED solutions for bezel-less phones; color sensors that enhance pictures to professional levels; earbud technology for a relaxing ANC experience (digital and analog) ...
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2018-11-22

ams Works with Qualcomm to Develop 3D Depth Sensing Camera and Debuts Sensor Module for Bezel-Less Smartphones

ams, a high performance sensor solutions provider, has cooperated with Qualcomm Technologies to focus on the development of a 3D depth sensing camera solution for mobile phone applications such as 3D imaging and scanning and biometric face authentication. The two companies aim to dedicate their technology expertise and engineering force to design a 3D stereo camera solution for Android-based mobile phones. ams provides its VCSEL light sources and optical IR pattern technology on the base of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon™ Mobile Platforms to suppourt various applicati...
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