Under the leadership of ams AG, a leading global supplier of high-quality sensor solutions, a consortium of technology companies, including Bühler Leybold Optics, has developed a new high-end solution for the production of such optical sensors. It is the world’s first light sensor that combines multiple filters and optical elements such as lenses and apertures in a very small space. These miniaturized sensors are especially suitable for use in smartphones or wearables, such as fitness trackers or intelligent headphones.
Due to the high accuracy of these optical filters, sensors can also be implemented for precise diagnostic applications. “In principle, this innovation allows the integration of several optical components in a very small space,” says Rainer Minixhofer, Head of Technology at ams AG. “In this way, new types of miniature cameras or fingerprint sensors can be implemented, for example.”
The project of the participating technology companies is called HIOS (Highly Integrated Optoelectronical Sensor) and was co-financed by the European Union under the Horizon2020 grant agreement no. 720531 (Fast Track to Innovation).