Patents Assigned to ams Sensors Singapore Pte. Ltd.
  • Patent number: 11942580
    Abstract: Various optoelectronic modules are described and include one or more optoelectronic devices. Each optoelectronic module includes one or more optoelectronic devices. Sidewalls laterally surround each optoelectronic device and can be in direct contact with sides of the optoelectronic device or, in some cases, with an overmold surrounding the optoelectronic device. The sidewalls can be composed, for example, of a vacuum injected material that is non-transparent to light emitted by or detectable by the optoelectronic device. The module also includes a passive optical element. Depending on the implementation, the passive optical element can be on a cover for the module, directly on a top surface of the optoelectronic device, or on an overmold surrounding the optoelectronic device. Methods of fabricating such modules are described as well, and can facilitate manufacturing the modules using wafer-level processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: ams Sensors Singapore Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Simon Gubser, Mario Cesana, Markus Rossi, Hartmut Rudmann
  • Patent number: 11921956
    Abstract: An apparatus, e.g. a proximity sensor module (10), for optical distance sensing includes a target surface (25) having a non-uniform design including a high-reflectivity region and a low-reflectivity region for light of a particular wavelength. The position of the target surface (25) is displaceable within the apparatus. The apparatus includes a light source (12) operable to emit light at the particular wavelength toward the target surface (25), and a photodetector (14) operable to sense at least some of the light emitted by the light source and subsequently reflected by the target surface (25). A processor is operable to correlate an output from the photodetector (14) with a distance to the target surface (25). A wall (22) may separate the light source (12) and photodetector (14) from one another, which can help reduce internal optical crosstalk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: ams Sensors Singapore Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Laurent Nevou, Jens Geiger
  • Patent number: 11897213
    Abstract: Techniques for controlling the flow of replication material (e.g., epoxy) during the formation of replicated optical elements include providing a transparent substrate (220) onto which the optical elements are to be replicated. The substrate (220) includes a structured UV curable shield (202) adhering to its surface. The UV curable shield (202), in turn, has openings (203) that expose portions of the surface of the transparent substrate (220) for replication of the optical elements. During the replication process, excess replication material (124A) may flow onto the UV curable shield (202), which subsequently can be cured so as to facilitate the release and removal of the shield (202) along with the excess replication material (124A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: ams Sensors Singapore Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Uros Markovic, Nicola Spring
  • Patent number: 11867968
    Abstract: The device (10) comprises a first member (1) and a second member (2) which are stacked upon each other in a direction vertical direction. The first and second members comprise a central portion (C1; C2) each, and the first member (1) comprises at least a first distancing element (4) abutting the second member (2). The device (10) comprises a gap zone (G) and a bonding material (3), wherein the gap zone is peripheral to the central portions (C1; C2), and in the gap zone (G), a gap (5) is present between the first and second members. A portion of the gap (5) is filled by the bonding material (3) bonding the first and second members to each other in a bonding zone (B) comprised in the gap zone. A height (h) of the gap (5) is defined by the first distancing element (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: ams Sensors Singapore Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Hartmut Rudmann, Alexander Bietsch
  • Patent number: 11821790
    Abstract: An example system includes a first light source, a second light source, a photodetector, and an electronic control device. The electronic control device is operable to cause the first light source to emit first light within a range of wavelengths towards a subject, and measure, using the photodetector, the first light reflected from the subject. The electronic control device is also operable to cause the second light source to emit second light including a plurality of emission peaks within the range of wavelengths, and measure, using the photodetector, the second light. The electronic control device is also operable to determine spectral information regarding the subject based on the measured first light and the measured second light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: ams Sensors Singapore Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Javier Miguel Sánchez
  • Publication number: 20230367009
    Abstract: An optical sensor. The optical sensor comprises a light source, first and second light sensors, and a controller. The light source has a field of illumination. The first and second light sensors have respective first and second fields of view. The intersection of the field of illumination and the first field of view forms a first overlap region. The intersection of the field of illumination and the second field of view forms a second overlap region. When a surface is within one or both of the first and second overlap region, the surface reflects light from the light source to the respective light sensor. The controller is configured to determine a first distance measurement to a surface within one or both of the first and second overlap regions based on the ratio of reflected light from the light source received by the first sensor and reflected light from the light source received by the second sensor. A similar ultrasonic sensor is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2021
    Publication date: November 16, 2023
    Applicant: ams Sensors Singapore Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Dewight WARREN
  • Publication number: 20230335671
    Abstract: A substantially planar light replication or re-transmission component having an incident light receiving surface and an opposed light emitting surface. The component comprises a substantially transparent planar substrate, one or more bipolar junction transistors provided on said substrate, the or each transistor comprising a collector region adjacent to said light receiving surface, an emitter region adjacent to said light emitting surface, and a base region between said collector region and said emitter region, and circuitry for biasing the bipolar transistors in use. The or each transistor is configured and biased in use so that said collector and base regions of the transistor operate as a photodiode whilst said base and emitter regions operate as a light emitting diode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2021
    Publication date: October 19, 2023
    Applicant: ams Sensors Singapore Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Francesco Paolo D'Aleo, Peter Roentgen, Nicola Spring, Kotaro Ishizaki
  • Publication number: 20230314660
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an optical element, the method comprising: providing a substrate; providing a tool comprising, on a first side, a section defining a surface structure of the optical element; aligning the tool and the substrate with respect to each other and bringing the tool and a first side of the substrate together, with material between the tool and the substrate; positioning a transparent masking structure adjacent to the substrate onto which the material has adhered, the masking structure comprising a masking layer; emitting light through the masking structure to be incident on a portion of the material to cure said potion of the material, wherein the masking layer prevents light from being incident on a remaining portion of the material such that the remaining portion of the material is uncured; and removing the uncured remaining portion of the material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2021
    Publication date: October 5, 2023
    Applicant: ams Sensors Singapore Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Barbara Horvath, Simon Gubser
  • Publication number: 20230304861
    Abstract: An optical sensor. The optical sensor comprises a substrate, a Fabry-Perot interferometer, and first and second photodetectors. The Fabry-Perot interferometer comprises a first mirror and a second mirror, and is mounted on the substrate such that light is transmitted through the interferometer to the substrate. The first and second photodetectors are configured to detect light transmitted through the etalon and the substrate. The first photodetector is sensitive to a first wavelength range, and the second photodetector is sensitive to a second wavelength range, and wherein the first and second wavelength ranges each correspond to a different mode of the interferometer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2021
    Publication date: September 28, 2023
    Applicant: ams Sensors Singapore Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Peter Roentgen, Kotaro Ishizaki, Javier Miguel Sánchez
  • Publication number: 20230275395
    Abstract: A method for use in manufacturing an optical emitter arrangement comprises holding an electrically conductive base member and two electrically conductive base elements in a predetermined spatial relationship, and providing two electrically conductive projections, wherein each projection extends in a direction away from a surface of a corresponding one of the base elements and wherein each projection terminates at a corresponding outer end. The method further comprises bringing a projecting portion of a surface profile of a mold tool into engagement with an area of a surface of the base member whilst bringing other portions of the surface profile of the mold tool into engagement with the outer ends of the projections so as to form a void that extends away from the surface of the base member around the projecting portion of the surface profile of the mold tool and that extends away from the surface of each of the base elements around each projection without extending over the outer end of each projection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2021
    Publication date: August 31, 2023
    Applicant: ams Sensors Singapore Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Uros MARKOVIC, Lorenzo TONSA, James EILERTSEN
  • Publication number: 20230266514
    Abstract: A privacy film for a curved display screen. The privacy film has a curved cross section when no force is applied. The privacy film comprises alternating transparent layers and opaque layers, each extending across the privacy film, and each parallel to the other transparent and opaque layers when no force is applied. A method of manufacturing the film is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2021
    Publication date: August 24, 2023
    Applicant: ams Sensors Singapore Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Simon Gubser, Sonja Gantner, Nicola Spring, Sajedeh Manzeli, Ethouba Aljassin
  • Publication number: 20230244126
    Abstract: Optical Device and Manufacturing Method An optical device (380) is disclosed, the device comprising a substrate (330), first electrically-conductive element (325) formed as a pattern on the substrate, a layer of material extending over at least a portion of the first electrically-conductive element and forming an optical element (370), and a second electrically-conductive element (355) extending through the layer of material and coupled to the first electrically-conductive element. Also disclosed is an associated method of manufacturing the optical device (380), and an apparatus (600) comprising at least one of the disclosed optical devices, a camera (605), and processing circuitry (615) communicably coupled to the at least one optical device and to the camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2021
    Publication date: August 3, 2023
    Applicant: ams Sensors Singapore Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Nicola SPRING
  • Publication number: 20230244054
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a spacer (285) for spacing apart and electrically coupling first and second components of an optical device is disclosed. The method comprises a step of adhesively coupling a first substrate (250) to each of a plurality of spacer elements (205). The method comprises a step of adhesively coupling a second substrate (275) to each of the plurality of spacer elements, such that the plurality of spacer elements are disposed between opposing surfaces of the first and second substrates. At least one of the plurality of spacer elements comprises a conductive coating and/or is adhesively coupled to the first and second substrates with an electrically-conductive adhesive, such that an electrically-conductive path (290a-d) is formed for electrically coupling the first and second components of the optical device. Also disclosed is an optical device (500) comprising a spacer (285) manufactured according to the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2021
    Publication date: August 3, 2023
    Applicant: ams Sensors Singapore Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Nicola SPRING
  • Patent number: 11714004
    Abstract: An example system includes a first spectrometer, a second spectrometer, and an electronic control device communicatively coupled to the first spectrometer and the second spectrometer. The first spectrometer is operable to emit first light using a first light source towards a sample region between the first spectrometer and the second spectrometer. The first spectrometer is also operable to measure first reflected light reflected using a first photodetector from an object in the sample region. The second spectrometer is operable to measure first transmitted light transmitted through the object using a second photodetector. The electronic control device is operable to determine, based on at least one of the measured first reflected light or the measured first transmitted light, a spectral distribution of light corresponding to the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: AMS Sensors Singapore Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: James Eilertsen, Javier Miguel Sánchez
  • Publication number: 20230228597
    Abstract: An inductive position sensor device includes at least a first terminal to couple the position sensor device with a first receiving antenna coil for providing a first reception signal, and at least a second terminal to couple the position sensor device with a second receiving antenna coil for providing a second reception signal. The device further includes a unique receiver channel to evaluate the first and second reception signal, and a multiplexer. The multiplexer is configured to selectively couple the at least one first terminal or the at least one second terminal with the unique receiver channel in dependence on operating the multiplexer in a first or second operation state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2021
    Publication date: July 20, 2023
    Applicant: ams Sensors Singapore Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Matteo COLOMBO
  • Patent number: 11692813
    Abstract: Optoelectronic modules operable to measure proximity independent of object surface reflectivity and, in some implementations, operable to measure characteristics (such as surface reflectivity or absorptivity) of stationary or moving objects are disclosed. The optoelectronic modules are operable to determine, for example, pulse rate, peripheral blood circulation, and/or blood oxygen levels of moving objects, such as the appendage of a user, in some instances. The optoelectronic modules can be used to measure peripheral blood circulation, for example, when a user of the optoelectronic module is engaged in physical activity, such as walking, running or cycling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: ams Sensors Singapore Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Jens Geiger, Lijian Mai, Markus Rossi
  • Patent number: 11692854
    Abstract: An optical encoder system is disclosed comprising a movable target arranged to provide a varying reflectance dependent on a position of the target within the system. An emitter is positioned on a first side of the target to illuminate the target and a sensor is positioned on the first side of the target to sense a reflectance from the target, wherein the sensed reflectance is dependent on the position of the target within the system. Also disclosed are a target and a sensor module for use in such a system, a device comprising such a system and a method of determining the position of a moving target using such a system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: ams Sensors Singapore Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Vijay Ele, Niwin Gnaniah
  • Patent number: 11686886
    Abstract: This disclosure describes illumination assemblies operable to generate a patterned illumination that maintain high contrast over a wide temperature range. An implementation of the illumination assembly can include an array of monochromatic light sources positioned on an illumination plane, first and second optical elements, and an exit aperture. A chief ray of each light source within the array of monochromatic light sources can substantially converge at an exit aperture. In such implementations light generated by the array of monochromatic light sources can be used efficiently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: ams Sensors Singapore Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Dmitry Bakin, Markus Rossi, Kai Engelhardt
  • Publication number: 20230194718
    Abstract: A LiDAR sensor for light detection and ranging includes a light source, a driver circuit, a detector and a processing unit. The light source includes an array of light emitters, wherein the light emitters are electrically interconnected as groups, and wherein the light emitters are operable to emit light away from the LiDAR sensor. At least two of the groups of light emitters form areas of the light source resembling different geometries from each other. The driver circuit is operable to address the groups of light emitters individually, such that the light emitters from a same group emit light with a same emission characteristic. The detector includes an array of photodetectors, wherein each photodetector is operable to detect light emitted by the light source and being reflected by an object outside the LiDAR sensor and to generate a detector signal as a function of the detected light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2021
    Publication date: June 22, 2023
    Applicant: ams Sensors Singapore Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Michiel HELSLOOT
  • Patent number: 11662541
    Abstract: This disclosure describes optoelectronic modules with locking assemblies and methods for manufacturing the same. The locking assemblies, in some instances, can improve mounting steps during manufacturing and can increase the useful lifetime of the optoelectronic modules into which they are incorporated. The locking assemblies can include overmold protrusions, and optical element housing protrusions, as well as locking edges incorporated into overmold housing components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: AMS Sensors Singapore PTE. Ltd.
    Inventors: Bojan Tesanovic, Mario Cesana, Camilla Camarri, Hartmut Rudmann