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austriamicrosystems supplies light sensors in high volumes for Samsung Galaxy smartphones

TAOS ambient light and proximity sensors enable extended battery life and improved user experience in four Galaxy models

(PresseBox) (Unterpremstaetten, Austria, ) austriamicrosystems (SIX: AMS), a leading worldwide designer and manufacturer of high performance analog ICs for consumer & communications, industry & medical and automotive applications, announced today that the company supplies high volumes of intelligent ambient light and proximity sensors into four Samsung Galaxy models.

For the successful Galaxy Ace, Galaxy Gio, Galaxy Mini and Galaxy Neo models, austriamicrosystems delivers integrated ambient light and proximity sensor as well as discrete proximity sensor devices. Ambient light and proximity sensors are essential components in smartphone display management, automatically adapting the display brightness to the current light environment and controlling the display and touchscreen on/off status when the phone is held up to the ear.

Part of austriamicrosystems' expanded optosensor product portfolio through the strategic addition of light sensor pioneer and industry leader TAOS, these devices offer best available accuracy and reliability, ultra small form factors and reduced power consumption for mobile devices like smartphones and tablet PCs. austriamicrosystems is additionally present in Samsung's smartphone portfolio including the Galaxy S II with its market-leading MEMS microphone interfaces for optimum quality audio.

Demonstrating austriamicrosystems' technology leadership and strong relationship with Samsung, these sensor solutions help Samsung create some of the most successful mobile devices of today and tomorrow. Samsung became the world's largest smartphone vendor with 24% share of a total 117 million devices in the third quarter of 2011, according to market research firm Strategy Analytics, and has shipped more than 300 million handsets this year.

"We are glad to support Samsung's extraordinary success in the worldwide smartphone space. As Samsung continues to gain market share we are proud to be part of their exciting, feature-rich devices, delivering industry-leading analog performance. Chosen by the global market leaders, our sensors are enhancing the user experience of many of the world's leading smartphones and tablet PCs," commented John Heugle, CEO of austriamicrosystems.

About ams AG

austriamicrosystems is a leading designer and manufacturer of high performance analog ICs, combining almost 30 years of analog design know-how with state-of-the-art manufacturing and test facilities and production partnerships. austriamicrosystems leverages its expertise in low power and high accuracy to provide industry-leading standard and customized analog products. Operating worldwide with more than 1,200 employees, austriamicrosystems focuses on the areas of power management, sensors & sensor interfaces and mobile infotainment in its markets Consumer & Communications, Industry & Medical and Automotive. Through the combination with TAOS, a world leader in advanced light sensors, austriamicrosystems has expanded its innovative sensor offering for growth markets such as mobile devices. austriamicrosystems is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange in Zurich (ticker: AMS). For more information, please visit www.austriamicrosystems.com

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