Ams’ automotive business continues its positive development, posting good results in the third quarter. With a focus on safety, driver assistance, positioning and chassis control sees ams a further attractive demand for his solutions. ams continues extensive development December Calendar For 2018 work for the announced significant project gain for VCSEL lighting in solid-state LIDAR, while customer interest in its automotive technologies is expanding, particularly in Asia and Japan.
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This development is based on its differentiated portfolio and strong know-how in new and future applications such as 3D sensor technology and LIDAR. From the LIDAR market, ams receives very positive feedback on its VCSEL / driver IC solutions and its expertise in optical systems, so ams offers excellent optical performance in different LIDAR variants.
Other industry participants are looking to ams for LIDAR and 3D sensing, while ams continues its design activities in a first 3D sensor project for interior design at a leading OEM. In order to support its diverse manufacturing needs, ams has additional investments in its third quarter Locations in Singapore, including facilities for the internal VCSEL production line from ams.
The build-up of the internal capacity for high-performance VCSELs for consumer applications is proceeding according to plan and the start of volume production is planned for around the middle of 2019. In production, ams successfully implements the current high-volume product ramp-up for 3D, optical and other sensors, such as the high sales growth in the 3rd quarter shows.
Production efficiencies for certain consumer products have risen to higher levels than expected due to greater efficiencies, while significant advancements in the optical sensor product filter coating process have significantly reduced process time, resulting in lower utilization of its expanded optical production and filter production capacity despite continued product ramp-ups , After further analysis, ams has decided to maintain this existing manufacturing capacity to support future growth plans. For strategic business assessment,
ams can inform that, on the one hand, during the past months a significant acquisition opportunity has been evaluated, but has decided not to pursue this option , On the other hand, and looking to the future, ams sees that optical sensing technologies will support an even wider range of applications with significant growth potential for ams, including in areas such as audio sensing. At the same time, ams notes that future applications of optical sensing offer greater revenue potential and higher growth prospects compared to certain anticipated environmental sensing applications. Sams has therefore decided to underweight existing environmental sensorics activities in the future,
focusing heavily on very attractive medium and long-term growth opportunities to focus on optical technologies. These include new fields of innovation such as photonic elements and photoacoustic structures. ams is currently preparing steps to implement these changes and expects to announce further details December Calendar For 2018 with the next quarterly results. These decisions further strengthen Ams’ strategic approach and pursue a growth strategy based on the three pillars of optical, image and audio sensing In addition, it is preparing for the planned second listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, which is currently expected for the second quarter of 2019.