ams boosts image sensing market presence with CMOSIS acquisition

November 23, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Austrian sensor and mixed-signal semiconductor house ams has acquired CMOSIS, supplier of high-end area scan and miniature medical CMOS image sensors; the move expands ams’ optical sensor portfolio with high-value solutions for machine vision, medical, photographic and scientific imaging at expected 2015 revenues of around €60m.

CMOSIS, headquartered in Antwerp (Belgium), provides high performance standard and customised area and line scan CMOS image sensors for demanding imaging applications. CMOSIS’ portfolio of imaging solutions features low noise, global and rolling shutter, high dynamic range, and high frame rates through high-speed on-chip analogue-to-digital conversion and digital interfaces. CMOSIS’ image sensors serve a broad range of high-end applications in diverse markets including machine vision, medical, broadcast, traffic, scientific and photographic imaging. In addition, CMOSIS offers the NanEye miniature camera module line for endoscopy-like medical applications, recently winning the German Innovation Award for Non-Clinical Intensive Care.

Founded in 2007, CMOSIS operates as a fabless semiconductor supplier from locations in Belgium, Germany, Portugal, and the U.S. and has more than 110 employees. CMOSIS expects to generate full year 2015 revenues of approximately €60m with strong operating profitability above ams’ current group operating profitability.

“Acquiring CMOSIS is a highly complementary expansion of our sensor portfolio and another major step in executing our sensor solutions growth strategy. This transaction extends our market leadership in optical sensors and will strengthen our position as the leading pure-play sensor solutions provider for growth markets including Industry 4.0, IoT (Internet of Things) and medical diagnostics. Integrating cameras with advanced optical sensors will drive new sensor solutions across vertical markets and accelerate our growth plans as we combine CMOSIS’ leading edge IP and design capabilities with our manufacturing competence and optical sensor strengths”, emphasizes Kirk Laney, CEO of ams.

CMOSIS' product range includes high speed, global shutter and rolling shutter area CMOS image sensors with resolutions ranging from VGA to over 70 million pixels. Through the acquisition of Awaiba the product range now also includes a wide range of CMOS line scan sensors with up to 24k pixels and line scan rates of up to 80 k/sec. The NanEye imagers and camera modules target endoscopic and other space constrained imaging applications.

“CMOSIS has built a leading position in