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Ams buys advanced area, CMOS image sensor company

Posted: 24 Nov 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Ams? CMOSIS? image sensor? CMOS? medical?

Ams has entered a deal to acquire 100 per cent of the shares in CMOSIS, a provider of advanced area and line scan CMOS image sensors for high-end imaging applications, in an all-cash transaction.

CMOSIS, headquartered in Antwerp (Belgium), is a supplier of high performance standard and customised area and line scan CMOS image sensors for demanding imaging applications. CMOSIS' portfolio of imaging solutions features low noise, global and rolling shutter, high dynamic range, and high frame rates through high-speed on-chip analogue-to-digital conversion and digital interfaces. CMOSIS' image sensors serve a range of high-end applications in diverse markets including machine vision, medical, broadcast, traffic, scientific and photographic imaging. In addition, CMOSIS offers the NanEye miniature camera module line for endoscopy-like medical applications, recently winning the German Innovation Award for Non-Clinical Intensive Care.

Under the terms of the agreement, Ams will acquire 100 per cent of the shares in CMOSIS from TA Associates, a global growth private equity firm, and management shareholders for an equity value of about $234 million. Ams expects to fund the transaction from existing cash and available credit lines with no additional transaction-based financing. The transaction is expected to close within the next six weeks subject to certain regulatory approvals and the occurrence of certain conditions defined in the agreements with the sellers of the CMOSIS shares.

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