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CMOS image sensor sales gain momentum

Posted: 17 May 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:image sensor  sales  market 

Market research company IC Insights forecasts CMOS image sensor revenues to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.2 per cent over the period of 2011 to 2015, reaching Rs.33,928.57 crore ($7.6 billion) in 2015. By then CMOS imaging devices are expected to account for 66 per cent of the total image sensor market in 2015, compared to about 58 per cent in 2010.

In 2011 CMOS image sensor sales are expected to gain momentum and consistency with a 13 per cent growth, to a new record high of Rs.22,767.86 crore ($5.1 billion), topping the previous peak of Rs.20,535.71 crore ($4.6 billion) set in 2008, according IC Insights.

Charge-coupled devices (CCDs), which still dominate consumer digital camera applications, video camcorders, scanners, and copiers, account for most of the remaining sales, have 42 per cent in 2010, and a projected 34 per cent in 2015.

After dropping by 16 per cent in 2009, CMOS image sensor sales rebounded by 17 per cent in 2010 to Rs.20,089.29 crore ($4.5 billion), but this was relatively poor compared to the overall semiconductor industry's growth of 32 per cent last year. Camera phones accounted for 62 per cent of CMOS image sensor sales in 2010 and are forecast to drop to about 49 per cent in 2015.

While there has been some consolidation in the image sensor segment, more than 35 suppliers worldwide continue to pursue CMOS imager design wins, with most still concentrating on camera phones, consumer cameras, and embedded webcams for portable PCs and tablet computers. Furthermore, CMOS image sensor production capacity at IDMs and foundries has been moving from 200mm to 300mm diameter wafers, driving up unit volumes and adding more pricing pressure to the marketplace.

With more production capacity coming online, minimum feature sizes reaching 65nm, and resolutions pushing beyond 16 megapixels on devices, CMOS image sensor suppliers will need new high-volume applications to sustain double-digit annual growth rates in the next five years. IC Insights' forecast of 11.2 per cent CAGR for sales in the 2010 to 2015 period is predicated on growth in automotive safety systems, intelligent video cameras for surveillance networks, medical imaging, toys and games, and other emerging applications.

- Peter Clarke
  EE Times

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