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ams AG designs, manufactures, and sells analog and analog intensive mixed signal integrated circuits (ICs) worldwide. It provides high fidelity audio front-ends for personal media players and other mobile consumer devices, as well as standalone amplifiers and telephone ICs; and light sensors products, including a portfolio of digital ambient light, digital color, proximity detection, light-to-digital, light-to-voltage, light-to-frequency sensors, and linear sensor arrays for intelligent light sensing. The company also offers lighting management products for smart and simple flash LED applications; and RGB LED-based fun light applications in mobile phones and other portable devices, as well as high performance solutions for large LCD panel backlighting, and LED and LCD drivers for various applications. In addition, it provides NFC/HF solutions, such as NFC/HF boosters, interface and sensor tags, and RFID reader ICs; and magnetic position sensors for industrial, medical, robotics, automotive, and consumer applications. Further, the company offers various power management products for mobile phones, portable navigation devices, personal audio/video players, and personal healthcare devices; transmitters and receivers for LF, HF, and UHF comprising wake-up and network functions for a range of RF applications; LED drivers, LED power converters, SDL ambient light sensors, and SDL color sensors; sensor interfaces; analog and mixed signal ASICs for the automotive, consumer, industry, and healthcare markets; and chip fabrication services. Additionally, it is involved in contract manufacturing of analog/mixed signal ICs based on customers’ designs. The company was formerly known as austriamicrosystems AG and changed its name to ams AG in May 2012. ams AG is headquartered in Unterpremstätten, Austria.

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ams AG and STMicroelectronics Join to Launch Breakthrough Solution for Secure NFC Mobile Payments and Transactions

ams AG and STMicroelectronics introduced an NFC system reference design that assures easy, reliable and secure contactless transactions while suiting the sleek form factor of mobile and wearable devices. On display at Mobile World Congress in early March, the ams/ST design promises to transform and greatly enhance the usability of NFC technology. The reference design's advanced analog circuitry delivers outstanding NFC performance even in devices with room for only a tiny antenna, that is typically adjacent to metal surfaces or shielded by the user's hand, and mounted in a location hostile to RF transmissions. By combining the new AS39230 analog front end (AFE) with boostedNFC(TM) technology from ams, along with the ST21NFCC controller and ST33G1M2 Secure MCU from ST, the two partners promise to make the consumer's experience of contactless transactions easy, quick, and completely reliable, whether for payments in shops, ticketing in metro/urban mass transit infrastructure, or access control. OEMs will also benefit from market-proven worldwide certification, including for Common Criteria, EMVCo, GlobalPlatform, and Visa, Mastercard, Amex, and PBOC (People's Bank of China). ams' new AS39230 boosts the signal on the antenna, increasing the signal strength up to 10 times when compared with conventional passive load modulation (PLM) methods of transmitting a signal from an NFC tag, card, or card emulator to an NFC reader. In space-constrained designs, the size of the antenna can thus be reduced by as much as 20 times, down to 100mm2 or less, while maintaining the same signal strength. The AS39230 even allows for the device's metal casing to be used as an antenna, reducing the board space required for the NFC antenna and its related costs to nothing. Paired with ams' boostedNFC chip, ST's ST54E System-in-Package (SIP) contains the ST21NFCC controller and the ST33G1M2 32-bit secure microcontroller for Universal Integrated Circuit Card (UICC), embedded Secure Element, and microSD-card applications. The ST33G1M2 Secure Element, which supports the latest Global Platform GP2.2 OS and the complete MIFARE® portfolio including MIFAREClassic and MIFARE DESFire®, offers market-proven best-in-class performance for banking and digital-access applications along with full compatibility with major worldwide transportation schemes. Based on the ARM® SecurCore® SC300(TM) 32-bit RISC core, the ST33G1M2 delivers Common Criteria-certified security features, together with a large and flexible embedded eFLASH, which allows OEMs and service providers to plan for future implementations with proven TSM (Trusted Service Management) infrastructure compatibility. The AS39230 and ST54E support all important NFC standards governing card emulation, including ISO14443 type A/B, FeliCa at data rates up to 424kb/s, active peer-to-peer bit rates of 212kb/s and ISO18092 communication at up to 424kb/s. The AS39230 NFC analog front end is available in production volumes now from ams, and the ST54E is available for sampling from ST. Pricing, reference designs, datasheets and an evaluation board are available on request from the appropriate supplier.

ams AG Releases the TCS3490

ams AG released the TCS3490, a color sensor for portable devices which is ideally suited for light source detection when operating under a wide range of light sources. Providing accurate color and light intensity measurements, the TCS3490 enables designers of portable devices such as smart phones and tablets to implement more sophisticated display management and brightness control. This integrated five-channel color sensor has extremely accurate measurements of the Correlated Color Temperature (CCT) of light. As sensors continue to proliferate in today’s mobile electronics market, manufacturers of mobile devices such as smart phones, tablets and laptops can use these measurements to dynamically adapt the display’s color palette to provide the user with a superior viewing experience. In addition to the traditional red, green and blue color sensor channels, included is a dedicated infra-red (IR) measurement channel for the reliable detection of the IR signature of ambient light sources. This enables stand-alone cameras and smart phones to adjust the color temperature of the flash to produce better photographs in both indoor and outdoor environments. Color measurements are affected by changes in the IR content of the light, so a pass band clear (C) channel photo-diode is included to provide a direct measurement reference for mathematically subtracting unwanted residual IR energy. An integrated IR blocking filter over the RGBC photo-diodes minimizes IR spectral component effects, and this also helps to improve color accuracy measurements. The fifth IR channel is sensitive to IR light in the spectrum 700 nm – 1,100 nm. Since every light source has its own spectral fingerprint, with known proportions of ultra-violet (UV), RGB and IR light, a system can identify the light source in the user’s vicinity by measuring the IR-to-C and Red-to-C channel ratios and applying a detection algorithm to the measurements. In smart phone camera applications and digital still cameras, this ability to reliably detect the light source enables the white-balancing settings in a camera’s or smart phone’s flash to be optimized, resulting in improved picture quality. By measuring the CCT and brightness (lux) of ambient light in a system, consumer electronics devices can automatically adjust the color tones of the display for the best viewing experience under varying lighting conditions and behind attenuating dark inked glass or spectrally distorting materials. By adjusting the display’s color tones and hues, the device can make images appear more vivid, more natural or more calm under any changing lighting conditions. Four independent Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADCs), one for each of the RGB channels and the fourth shared between the Clear and IR channels, enable simultaneous sampling of all four channels, thus eliminating CCT and lux measurement errors in fast-changing lighting conditions. The TCS3490 sensor’s photodiodes have a radial structure to create a uniform and optimized response irrespective of the angle of the incident light, especially when placed under a circular aperture. A level-shifter style interrupt pin enables the sensor to alert the applications processor when pre-set light and color measurement thresholds are crossed, eliminating the need for continuous I2C bus polling, and thus reducing overall system power consumption and extending battery life. The color sensor TCS3490 is available in a 2.0 mm x 2.4 mm Dual Flat No-Lead package and is shipping in production volumes. It is priced at $1.40 for 1,000 pieces. A demonstration board for the TCS3490 is available online from ams.

ams AG Announces Earnings Results for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year Ended December 31, 2014; Provides Earnings Guidance for the First Quarter of 2015

ams AG announced earnings results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2014. For the quarter, the company’s revenues were EUR 139.0 million, growing by 34% from the EUR 103.5 million recorded a year ago (26% in constant currency) and by 5% quarter-on-quarter. The EBIT was EUR 31.4 million, or 23% of revenues, which is an increase of 30% compared to EUR 24.2 million in the fourth quarter 2013. Net income was EUR 28.8 million, increasing by 23% from EUR 23.3 million for the same period 2013. Diluted earnings per share were EUR 0.40. For the full year 2014, the company’s revenues were EUR 464.4 million (USD 613.7 million), growing by 23% compared to EUR 377.8 million for 2013. In constant currency, full year revenues increased by 22% compared to the previous year. The result from operations (EBIT) for 2014 was EUR 105.4 million, or 23% of revenues, increasing by 65% from EUR 63.9 million, or 17% of revenues, in 2013. Investments in research and development amounted to EUR 77.0 million, or 17% of revenues, in 2014 and were driven by an expansion of development activities to support high value design-wins. Net income was EUR 97.5 million, up 60% from EUR 60.8 million in 2013. Diluted earnings per share were EUR 1.37. Cash flow from operations was EUR 130.2 million, an increase of 30% compared to EUR 100.2 million in 2013. Capital expenditures for 2014 were EUR 70.1 million compared to EUR 47.1 million for 2013, particularly driven by investments to expand wafer production capacity. The company provided earnings guidance for the first quarter of 2015. For the period, the company expects revenues to show sequential growth in contrast to typical sector seasonality and to reach EUR 145-150 million. At the same time, and despite continued R&D investments for further growth, the company anticipates strong profitability to continue with first quarter operating margin expected to increase slightly from fourth quarter 2014.


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