ams Bags ‘Best of Sensors Innovation’ & ‘Best Engineering Team’ Award at Sensors Expo

Posted Jul 09, 2019 by ams AG

ams, at the recently concluded Sensor Expo 2019, bagged two coveted awards, first being the "Best of Sensors Expo Innovation Award" for its TMF8701 true direct Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensor system and the second as the "Design & Engineering Team of the Year". The awards highlight advances in sensor innovations and excellence among engineers.

Design & Engineering Team of the Year

ams’ global design engineering team – spanning 18 design centers across Europe, Asia and the US – was nominated and took top honors at the industry’s largest event dedicated to sensors, connectivity and the Internet of Things.

Specific highlights of the team’s work cited in the award included the following:

  • Behind OLED TCS3701, a high sensitivity Ambient Light Sensor (ALS) that helps maximize the smartphone display area by relocating sensor from front-facing bezels to behind the OLED display;
  • Enabling Small Form-Factor Earbuds, with the POW:COM AS3442/47 interface technology that uses only two pins per device for simultaneous battery changing and communication, reducing the mechanical design constraints of true wireless earbuds;
  • World's smallest 1D Time-of-Flight Sensor for proximity sensing, the ams TMF8701, for accurate proximity sensing and distance measurement in smartphones.

The design team leaders named in the award included Mario Manninger, Senior Director of Engineering; Stefan Dineci, Director of Research and Development; Bernd Janger, Director of Engineering; and Markus Noren, Director of Engineering.

Best of Sensors Expo Innovation Award

The Innovation Award was presented to ams for its true direct Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensor. The award recognizes specific advances in sensor and sensor-related technologies, either in the form of novel technologies or significant improvements to existing technologies.

The TMF8701 ToF sensor, unveiled by ams in January, is offered as a single modular package with highly accurate depth accuracy detection through a sub-nanosecond light pulse and an anti-aliasing “stop-watch” method to measure round-trip time of pulse. It provides single zone detection of an object irrespective of the color, reflectivity and texture of the object. The single module with VCSEL emitter offers high dynamic range and operates in either a proximity mode (0 – 10 cm) or a ranging mode (10 – 60 cm) for detection sensing.

The TMF8701 uses highly sensitive SPAD detection with fast compact time-to digital converters to make highly accurate distance measurements to enable operation in dark environments. A built-in histogram is featured to detect cover glass and objects behind glass to select the object with highest SNR while compensating for dirt and smudges on cover glass to produce artifact free measurement of multiple objects.

Grahame Cooney, Vice President and General Manager of the Business Line Integrated Optical Sensors at ams accepted the awards on behalf of ams.