ams’ NFC and RFID reader product lines sold to ST

July 29, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
ams (Premstaetten, Austria) has made a number of recent acquisitions to consolidate and expand its position as a sensor maker – for example, its purchases of Cambridge CMOS Sensors (CCMOSS) and MAZeT. Now, it has sharpened its focus by selling its interest in and product lines for, NFC and RFID readers to ST Microelectronics.


The sale is with immediate effect and is to, “increase focus on sensor solutions retaining sensing-related wireless activities,” while retaining certain wireless products and IP for next generation sensing.


The agreement cover NFC and RFID reader IP, technologies and product lines, in return for a cash amount of $79.3million/ €71.5million together with a “substantial” deferred earn-out consideration contingent on future results of up to $37million. ams will retain its sensor-related NFC/RFID tags business and relevant design capabilities to create wireless IoT sensor solutions and support upcoming sensor nodes.


The divestment comprises ams’ NFC assets, including NFC front-end and antenna boost solutions, and integrated HF/UHF RFID reader assets. The related design and marketing resources are mostly based in Premstaetten, Austria, and Ljubljana, Slovenia, and include around 50 employees who will be transferred to STMicroelectronics. ams will retain its NFC/RFID wireless tags business and related IP and plans to create wireless sensor solutions for IoT applications combining NFC and RFID connectivity interfaces with its portfolio of sensors.