ams Wins 2012 “Best of Sensors Expo” Gold Award

ams (SIX: AMS), a leading worldwide designer and manufacturer of high-performance analog ICs for consumer & communications, industrial & medical and automotive applications, has announced that it has won the gold “Best of Sensors Expo” Award in the sensors category for the AS3935 Lightning Sensor.  Sensors Magazine Executive Editor Melanie Martella presented the award on June 6, 2012 at the Sensors Expo & Conference, which was held in Rosemont, IL.

"We are always looking for the newest and the most innovative in smart design, applications and networking and the nominations we received this year demonstrated exceptional innovation, integration and ease of use," said Martella. "We applaud all of the winners and look forward to the future where these products help solve real world issues." Martella added, “The AS3935 Franklin Lightning Sensor IC is a very sensitive RF receiver that, coupled with a special algorithm, can spot the tell-tale electrical signature of a lightning storm up to 40 km away.”

 “We are very pleased to win this award since it recognizes the high degree of innovation that our unique AS3935 lightning sensor represents,” stated Bruce Ulrich, Wireless Product Line Director at ams. “This innovative, highly integrated sensor was designed with intelligence and low power capabilities that make it suitable for a variety of low-power portable & fixed products requiring very little board space.  It is now possible to protect both humans and equipment from harm by providing early warning of impending danger.”

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The AS3935 Franklin Lightning Sensor utilizes a sensitive RF receiver that detects the electrical emissions from lightning activity. A proprietary algorithm in the AS3935 then converts the RF signal into an estimation of the distance to the head of the storm. The algorithm, which draws on extensive meteorological survey data, produces an estimated distance-to-storm calculation from 40 km down to 1 km, while rejecting disturbances from man-made signals such as motors and microwave ovens.


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