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Last SFr.55.90 CHF
Change Today -0.45 / -0.80%
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ams AG designs, manufactures, and sells analog and analog intensive mixed signal integrated circuits (ICs) worldwide. The company operates through Products and Foundry segments. It provides high fidelity audio front-ends for personal media players and other mobile consumer devices, as well as 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 smart lighting managers; sensor interfaces; analog and mixed signal ASICs for the industry, medical and healthcare, and building and home applications; 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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Last Reported Date: 02/2/15

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Marquardt Chooses RF Technology from ams AG for New Contactless Car Key Application

ams AG announced that automotive equipment supplier Marquardt is using its AS3914 NFC reader IC in a new series of contactless door lock and ignition control modules. Marquardt chose the AS3914 because it enables very reliable NFC coupling even when mounted in close proximity to sheet metal. The device also offers lower average power consumption than competing NFC reader ICs. For contactless key applications, the Marquardt NFC module is mounted inside the door handle, and also in the car’s center console. In the door handle, the 13.56MHz module couples with any standard NFC card or tag emulator, such as a mobile phone, smart watch or tablet. The driver simply has to touch their device to the handle; the system has an operating range of around 4cm. On recognizing the authorized tag’s identity, the module instructs an electronic control unit to unlock the car. A second module in the center console must again perform contactless coupling with the driver’s tag before enabling the car to start. The Marquardt module will be used in the next generation of production vehicles from one of Europe’s premium car makers. A pre-production demonstration was on show at the Mobile World Congress exhibition in February 2015. In the door handle application, the NFC reader has to operate in conditions hostile to RF transmissions: the sheet metal of the car door acts as an unwanted antenna, deflecting much of the RF energy emitted by the reader. Marquardt’s design engineers found that the AS3914 offered far more predictable and reliable performance in these conditions than other NFC reader ICs did. This is because the AS3914 combines high RF output power of up to 1W, high sensitivity, and a unique Automatic Antenna Tuning feature which compensates for attenuating and distorting effects, such as those caused by the metal surfaces in vehicles. Using the AS3914, Marquardt is able to achieve a range from the door handle of 4cm in almost all operating conditions, even in car designs which have a chrome metal overlay on the plastic door handle. This range is ideal for the application, since it avoids the need for the driver to precisely position the tag or tag emulator next to the handle, making it easy to use, while preventing the user from inadvertently unlocking the car when passing near the door at a range of more than 4cm. An additional benefit of the AS3914 is its low power consumption: a low-power capacitive/inductive wake-up function continually scans for tags, and wakes up the high-power NFC transmitter when it detects that a tag has moved into range. This low-power wake-up feature draws just 5µA in capacitive mode when polling every 100ms. The door handle and center console applications are not the only uses for the Marquardt NFC module: it is also expected to be used in aftermarket ‘contactless key’ products designed to be mounted directly behind the windshield. Here too the module must operate in a metallic environment, calling for the optimized receiver sensitivity and high RF output power of the AS3914. The automotive environment is a difficult place for an NFC device to work in because of the large amount of metal in the surrounding environment. To succeed in this application, Marquardt drew on the unique strengths of the AS3914. ams is delighted to have been able to support such a forward-thinking company in developing a wholly new product for the automotive market. Marquardt has opened up a path that many others in the automotive industry can now be expected to follow. The AS3914 is sampling now and will be in volume production at the end of 2015. The AS3914 is a variant of the existing AS3911B, and is intended for use in automotive applications: the AS3914’s test coverage has been adapted to meet the requirements of automotive product manufacturers.

ams AG Launches NFC Interface Tag IC with Advanced Data and Energy Management Features

ams AG launched the AS3955, an NFC interface chip (NFiC™) which offers unique energy harvesting and data transfer capabilities. Like its predecessor the AS3953, the AS3955 provides a contactless bridge between an NFC reader (for instance, a smartphone or tablet) and any microcontroller. But the AS3955 can also act as a power supply for the host device, harvesting as much as 5mA at 4.5V – enough to charge a Li-ion cell battery – from the RF energy radiated by an NFC reader. The AS3955 also offers the designer a choice of two bi-directional data transfer modes. The Extended mode allows the use of standard NFC tag commands to transfer data with minimum processing overhead on the host microcontroller. A second mode, the Tunneling mode, provides a transparent and fully flexible channel between the reader and the host microcontroller, leaving the user free to implement any standard or proprietary communication protocol. Neither mode requires data buffering in the AS3955’s internal EEPROM memory, resulting in faster data transfers. The AS3955 features a high performance RF front end, which connects to a simple external NFC antenna without additional external components required. It also includes an EEPROM memory (of 2kbits or 4kbits) and an SPI or I2C interface for communication with an external microcontroller. The device is fully compliant with ISO14443A standard up to level 4, and with NFC Forum specifications, supporting both Type 2 Tag stand-alone functionality, and Type 4 Tag emulation in combination with an external MCU. The AS3955 offers unrivaled performance and flexibility energy and data management features that are superior to those of existing interface tags on the market. The energy that the AS3955 harvests from an NFC reader enables it to operate with no external power supply. This harvested energy can also be used to power external circuitry. This enables the implementation of stand-alone, eco-friendly, battery-less product designs, such as wireless sensor interfaces, interactive games and toys, smart price tags in shops and smart payment cards. A unique data management feature provided by the AS3955 is its new Stealth mode: this enables the host MCU to deactivate the NFiC’s RF channel via the I2C or SPI interface after an operation such as Bluetooth pairing has been completed successfully. This provides for guaranteed user control of NFC operation. The AS3955 also offers 32-bit password protection of its EEPROM memory. Furthermore, the AS3955 adds a new Silent mode for fail-safe Bluetooth pairing. If the host’s battery has insufficient remaining charge to power its Bluetooth module, the AS3955 NFiC automatically disables its RF circuitry to prevent the device from initiating a pairing procedure. These superior energy and data management features find a wide range of uses in industrial, consumer and gaming equipment. Products can be configured or personalized, for instance at the end of a factory’s production line, without the need to be powered. The high transfer speed and energy harvesting capability reduces the time taken to download configuration data, helping to increase throughput in high-volume manufacturing lines. The NFC interface tag IC AS3955 is available now in production volumes in a 10-pin, 3mm x 3mm MLPD package. Wafer-level chip scale package (WL-CSP) and sawn wafer are available on request. In the WL-CSP version, unit pricing is $0.98 in an order quantity of 1,000 pieces. A demonstration board for the AS3955 is available online from the ams ICdirect web store.

ams AG Presents at Jefferies 2015 Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference, May-12-2015 02:30 PM

ams AG Presents at Jefferies 2015 Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference, May-12-2015 02:30 PM. Venue: Mandarin Oriental Brickell, Miami, Florida, United States.


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