While ams has been in business for almost 40 years, three years ago the company went through a transformation and recentered its focus on the sensor market. In rapid order, the company acquired various pieces of sensor-related intellectual property and grew in size from 2500 employees to 10,000 employees. Their portfolio focuses largely on audio, optical, and full spectral sensors for mobile and automotive solutions.
Each solution is small enough to incorporate in the next generation of smartphones or as standalone modules for 3D face detection and authentication.
NanEye Miniature CMOS Image Sensor
This 1mm x 1mm microminiature camera has just four connections: two for power and two for data in a miniature 4-pad BGA connector. The full package (sensor + lens) is the size of a grain of sand.
The NanEye is a CMOS sensor that offers 249×250 pixel resolution in either a single or dual-sensor (stereoscopic) configuration. The pixels on this sensor are necessarily tiny, so additional light is often needed to illuminate a target. This can be accomplished with fiber-optic (along the connector path) or external illumination.
Cameras this small have multiple medical applications, ranging from a swallowable endoscopic pill to arterial catheterization. In an industrial setting, these devices can fit into inspection spaces that other cameras simply cannot.