Sensor and chip maker ams AG recently announced that it has successfully acquired OSRAM through a € 4.6 billion acquisition of more than 55% of its shares.
It is worth noting that in order to acquire OSRAM, ams has promised to protect the rights and interests of OSRAM employees after the acquisition, and will continue to strengthen its support for OSRAM, including the continued guarantee of the use of OSRAM names, and will not change any of OSRAM's strategic routes. At the same time, ams also promised to find suitable buyers for OSRAM's digital and lighting business in order to consolidate its advantages in the optoelectronics business..
As a high-quality supplier of Apple, ams' sensor solutions are very advanced. Many well-known manufacturers around the world are using ams' sensing technology. Its broad product portfolio includes VCSEL-based 3D sensing solutions, OLED and TrueColor technologies, micro-scale proximity sensing, biological and spectral sensing, and other optical sensor applications. The acquisition of OSRAM will bring new value to the ams sensor strategy, and will help ams to further expand its business areas and enter the automotive electronics and IoT markets.
It is worth noting that at the beginning of this year, ams released VCSEL-based solid-state LiDAR technology. Then in May of this year, ams signed a cooperation agreement with Ibeo Automotive Systems GmbH and ZF Friedrichshafen AG to jointly advance the implementation of solid-state LiDAR technology to serve autonomous driving and other related applications. The three parties will conduct joint research and development to enable this technology to be used in cars by 2021.
Obviously, the successful acquisition of OSRAM will help ams' VCSEL-based solid-state LiDAR technology enter the automotive market.