Wednesday, July 03, 2019

ams and SmartSens Partner on 3D and NIR Sensors

BusinessWire: ams has signed a formal letter of intent to collaborate in the field of image sensors with SmartSens . This collaboration complements ams’ strategic approach to further broaden its portfolio for all three 3D technologies – 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 NIR sensors for facial recognition and applications requiring a high QE in the NIR (2D and 3D).

To speed up the time to market for customers, the companies will collaborate on the development of a 3D ASV reference design to support the planned future launch of a 1.3MP Stacked BSI Global Shutter Image Sensor with state of the art QE up to 40% at 940nm. This NIR sensor is a perfect addition to ams’ 3D illumination offerings, extending ams’ 3D portfolio and optimizing overall system performance. The reference design will enable high performance depth maps for payment, face recognition and AR/VR applications at a highly competitive total system cost.

This collaboration with SmartSens in Image Sensors brings customers the benefit of a faster time to market for 3D Active Stereo Vision and Structured Light applications in mobile phones and other devices including IoT applications, based on ams’ industry leading 3D technology and core IP on Voltage-Domain Global Shutter. The collaboration will also help accelerate time to market for exciting new automotive applications such as in-cabin 2D and 3D sensing,” said St├ęphane Curral, EVP for the Division Image Sensor Solutions at ams.

We are pleased to partner with ams to combine our expertise in Image Sensors and NIR technology with ams’ 3D expertise and core Image Sensing IP. We believe this combination of robust technology and channel to market will provide an optimal solution to meet customer demand,” said Chris Yiu, CMO, SmartSens Technology.


  1. next affair in cis...

  2. Yet at ISSCC this year SmartSens presented an imager that looked identical to the ones of AMS. There is more to this story it seems.

  3. Delicate way to deal with a patent dispute...

  4. most likely AMS threat to sue, SmartSens settles with giving out design (and the 3D business).

    Not a good idea to publish paper with clear patent infringement,even it's ISSCC.

  5. So many speculations... Maybe it just made sense for SmartSens to collaborate with AMS as they have the access to Machine Vision market where SmartSens, historically was in security. And maybe SmartSens brings in technology access AMS doesn't currently have - such as NIR-QE.

  6. The gods must have gone crazy... geez


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