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As a global leader in optical solutions we offer a unique product and technology portfolio for sensing, illumination and visualization:
from prime-quality light emitters and optical components to micro-modules, light sensors, ICs and related software.
Technology Overview - Lateral Flow Testing

Lateral Flow Testing (LFT)

ams developed an optical readout for improved Lateral Flow Testing (LFT). Simple design and relevant accuracy allows these widely used LFTs to be produced in a cost-effective way at high volumes. Lateral Flow Tests are compact, portable and easy to use. Our small, cost-effective optical module is designed to improve the performance of LFTs.
The technology increases optical sensitivity, accommodating different optical measurement methodologies and allowing multi-analyte detection. The ams optical module contains a spectral sensor and can be integrated into Lateral Flow Tests. A license and support from ams is necessary to use our spectral sensing chip AS7341L. Read more about ams and Senova joining efforts on technology to create point-of-care rapid antibody test for Covid-19.

Check out our Chinese and Japanese webinars on-demand as well as our Spectral Sensing Technology keynote

3D Sensing

3D Sensing

ams is the only company that offers infrared illumination solutions for all these 3D camera platforms. Based on our state-of-the art Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) technology and our optical design and packaging capabilities, we provide unique solutions for all 3D sensing cameras: dot-pattern illuminators for structured light cameras as well as texture enhancement for stereo cameras, and a wide range of flood illuminators for ToF and video capture.

We complement our VCSEL illuminators with software and system-level components to assist in the deployment of 3D cameras. Our solutions are used in a variety of consumer electronic platforms such as face recognition applications for mobile devices, gesture and people recognition for home systems, robotics navigation, and Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) for automotive.

>> Watch our demo video about 3D face recognition

>> Read our sensor blog about FIDO authentication

Technology Overview - Advanced Packaging

Advanced Packaging

Chip packaging technologies developed by ams help its state-of-the-art optical devices and position sensor products to achieve very high precision and low-noise performance.


Advanced packaging technologies from ams include:

  • Wafer-level optics, which enable the precise fabrication of lenses for miniature light sources and detectors
  • Through-silicon vias, which radically reduce the height of an optical IC package and eliminate the need for wire bonds
  • System-in-Package (SiP) technology – ams integrates complete position sensor assemblies into a single SiP to save space and eliminate a board assembly process for its customers
Advanced Packaging
Technology Overview - Audio

Audio Sensing

The use of visual Augmented Reality technology is becoming more important in everyday life applications. Thereby, ams has extended its audio portfolio with the introduction of its Digital Augmented Hearing solutions - which significantly enhance the audio experience of consumers in different environments.

Digital augmented hearing solutions - audio sensing
Technology Overview - CMOS

CMOS Imaging

ams continuously develops new technology to improve the performance of its CMOS image sensors. These technology improvements support both custom CMOS image sensor developments and standard, off-the-shelf CMOS image sensor products.


CMOS Imaging
Technology Overview - MLA

Micro-lens Arrays

Micro-lens arrays from ams operate as ultra-small projectors which have patterns integrated into the micro-optic lens, producing sharp images in brilliant color.


Used in the automotive sector to cast distinctive light patterns on the road around the perimeter of a car, for instance, the ams micro-lens arrays provide a unique way to project bright, sharp images on flat, angled or curved surfaces.


Micro-lens arrays from ams operate as ultra-small projectors which have patterns integrated into the micro-optic lens, producing sharp images in brilliant color.
Technology Overview - POS

Position Sensing

Contactless position sensors from ams offer best-in-class immunity to magnetic stray fields, superior durability and compliance with the most stringent safety requirements.


Contactless position sensors from ams offer best-in-class immunity to magnetic stray fields.
Technology Overview - Spectral

Spectral Sensing

By shining light on or through objects and by looking at the reflected or transmitted spectrum, a sensor system can detect or classify what it is looking at.


Advantages of ams spectral sensing technology:

  • Interference filter technology for durability and spectral stability over time and temperature
  • In-house filter manufacturing and testing capability
  • In-house module design and manufacturing capability including
    • Detectors
    • Light source
    • Light path
    • Optics
Technology Overview - VCSEL
Vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL)