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Milestones

 

 

1981

 

Austria Mikro Systeme (AMS) was founded in August 1981 through a joint venture between American Microsystems Inc (AMI) and VOEST Alpine AG, based near Graz, Austria.

1989

 

First overseas sales office opened in San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, California.

1992

 

Specialist publication Semiconductor International USA cited austriamicrosystems AG as Top Fab of 1992 in Europe.

1993

 

Became the first semiconductor manufacturer in Europe to go public, listed on Vienna Stock Exchange.

1995

 

First Asian sales office opened in Hong Kong.

1999

 

AMS cited as preferred global foundry partner for CMOS and BiCMOS by Europe’s leading design houses.

2000

 

Foundation stone for the new 200 mm wafer fab was laid in July.
Design Centers were opened in Rapperswil (Switzerland), and Pisa (Italy).

2001

 

First Austrian company to fulfill 100 per cent of the regular audit requirements for quality standards QS 9000 and VDA 6.1. Technology and know-how transfer agreement with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd. (TSMC), the world’s largest semiconductor foundry.

2002

 

New 200 mm wafer fab, one of Europe’s most advanced semiconductor facilities, went into service after just 18 months of construction.
New sales offices in Singapore, expansion of locations in Hong Kong, Japan and the USA.

2003

 

Further expansion of worldwide presence with new sales offices in South Korea, China (Suzhou), Finland and Sweden.
Only European foundry ranked among Top Ten foundries worldwide in Silicon Strategies “Silicon Foundry of the Year 2003” report.
Design center for multimedia playback applications set up in Bangalore, India.

2004

 

austriamicrosystems AG is listed on the SWX Swiss Exchange in Zurich since May 17, 2004 (ticker symbol: AMS).

2011

 

Acquisition of Texas Advanced Optoelectronic Solutions, Incorporated (TAOS), a leading provider of light sensors

2012

 

Uniting austriamicrosystems and TAOS under one common brand name: ams AG
Acquisition of IDS Microchip AG specialized in RF technology

2014

 

Acquisition of AppliedSensor specialized in Chemical Sensors
Acquisition of acam-messelectronic GmbH, a leader in highly accurate time-based measurement and related sensor solutions

2015

 

Acquisition of the CMOS Sensor Business from NXP Semiconductor
Acquisition of CMOSIS, a leading supplier of high performance area and line scan CMOS image sensors for demanding imaging applications

2016

 

Acquisition of Cambridge CMOS Sensors Ltd (CCMOSS), the technology leader in micro hotplate structures for gas sensing and infrared applications
Acquisition of MAZeT GmbH, a specialist for color and spectral sensing systems
Divestiture of NFC and RFID reader product lines to increase focus on sensor solutions retaining sensing-related wireless activities
Acquisition of Incus Laboratories Inc, a UK-based privately-held provider of intellectual property (IP) for digital active noise cancellation in headphones and earphones

2017

 

Acquisition of Heptagon, worldwide leader in high performance optical packaging and micro-optics
Acquisition of Princeton Optronics Inc, a leading provider of Vertical Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers (VCSELs)