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ams Area CMOS Image Sensors Overview

CMOS imaging sensors from ams feature global and rolling shutter capability, low noise, high dynamic range and high frame rates. Offering an integrated design, the sensors include a high-speed on-chip ADC and digital interfaces.

These imaging sensors serve a broad range of applications and markets including machine vision, medical electronics, broadcast equipment, traffic management, scientific instrumentation and photography. ams also supplies miniature camera modules for endoscopy-like applications.

ams offers its imaging sensors as complete turnkey solutions, and the whole process from specification and design, through prototyping and product qualification, to volume production, is implemented by ams.

Area CMOS Image Sensors

The ams family of pipelined global shutter sensors features high frame rates for a wide range of demanding professional and industrial applications. Their resolutions range from VGA up to 50Mpixels. Rolling shutter image sensors feature high 71Mpixel resolution for use in demanding industrial applications.

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ams Technology Guide

Global Shutter






Global shutter CMOS image sensor pixels are needed to capture the scene for all pixels at the same moment in time. ams developed a unique global shutter CMOS pixel that combines true correlated double sampling with an excellent shutter efficiency. Each global shutter pixel uses two memory elements, which sample the signal and its reference value.


ams developed a new CMOS image sensor pixels that allows readout of a photodiode with a wide dynamic range, which maintains a linear response to light. After exposure, the photodiode is read out via two transfer gates to two sense nodes. Two signals are then read from each pixel.


ams developed a backside illuminated CMOS imagers for extensions of the wavelength band beyond the visible range. Devices have been developed for detecting light outside of the visible band, in the near UV (200-400 nm) or extreme UV band (15-50 mm).