Camera Phones Fuel Sensor Market

April 6, 2009 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones | Comment |

According to In-Stat, continued uptake of cameras in mobile phones and notebook PCs is driving growth in the area-array image sensor market. Research shows that camera phones accounted for nearly 81% of sensor shipments in the world and that CMOS imagers massively outweighed CCDs in 2008. However, the latter statement does not apply to dedicated digital still cameras - CMOS sensors are not forecast to surpass CCDs until 2013 in this segment. The main sensor makers include Aptina, MagnaChip, OmniVision Technologies, Sharp, Sony, and Panasonic.

In-Stat Press Release

April 06, 2009 08:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time
According to In-Stat, Camera Phones, Embedded PC Cameras Propel Image Sensor Market

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Continued uptake of cameras in mobile phones and notebook PCs is driving growth in the area-array image sensor market, reports In-Stat ( Worldwide unit shipments of image sensors in camera phones continue to rise, mostly as a result of the continuing penetration of dual-camera phones in Asian markets. These phones utilize both a traditional point-and-shoot camera, as well as a second, inward-facing camera for two-way video communication or videoconferencing.

A worldwide image sensor shipment forecast graphic is available here.

A promising new image sensor application is also taking hold. “Currently a small segment of the market, embedded PC cameras will surpass digital still cameras to become the second-largest application for image sensors by 2011,” says Brian O’Rourke, In-Stat analyst. “A few years ago, only Apple incorporated cameras into desktop and laptop computers; in 2008, nearly all major PC manufacturers offered embedded PC cameras in mobile PCs.”

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

  * Camera phones comprised nearly 81% of area-array image sensor shipments in 2008, a share that is expected to shrink only slightly through 2013.
  * Other key applications include: Digital Still Cameras, Camcorders, Security Cameras, Web Cameras, Consumer IP Cameras, Embedded PC Cameras, Embedded LCD Monitor Cameras, Toys, Automotive.
  * CMOS sensors dominated image sensor shipments in 2008, with more than an 87% share.
  * CMOS will make up 62% of security camera image sensors by 2013.
  * While CMOS is gaining in digital still cameras, it will not surpass CCDs until 2013.
  * Among the many competitors in this market are Aptina, MagnaChip, OmniVision Technologies, Sharp, Sony, and Panasonic.

The research, “Image Sensors 2009: Camera Phones Continue to Dominate Shipments” (#IN0904458MI), covers the worldwide market for image sensors. It includes:

  * Worldwide unit shipment forecasts for CMOS and CCD sensors through 2013.
  * Worldwide image sensor forecasts by product category through 2013.
  * Analysis of the markets for various sensor applications.
  * Profiles of image sensor suppliers.

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