Tuesday, March 03, 2009

SMIC Builds China's Image Sensor Power

Digitimes: SMIC has obtained orders for CMOS image sensors from most related IC design houses in China through its advanced 0.11um process and price competitiveness. CrysView, one of SMIC's top clients, has offered VGA, 2MP and 3MP CMOS image sensors since it began cooperation with SMIC on a 0.13um process, according to Digitimes sources.

Honestly, this is the first time I hear about CrysView and its range of sensors. I'd like to learn more about the company, but there is almost no public information about it.

The CMOS image sensor market in China is relatively competitive because of the pricing pressure, and the unit price of mouse controllers has been pressed down to under US$2. First-tier companies including HP, Dell and LG all have strong demand for China's CMOS image sensors, Digitimes sources added.

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  1. The CMOS image sensor market in China is relatively competitive because of the pricing pressure, and the unit price of mouse controllers has been pressed down to under US$2. First-tier companies including HP, Dell and LG all have strong demand for China's CMOS image sensors, Digitimes sources added.

    What do mouse controllers have to do with VGA, 2MP and 3MP CIS?

    Other than Omnivision, I was under the impression that the main CIS supplier in China is Seti (using Hynix fabs). Add to the mix the fact that Omnivision is supposed to be launching CameraCube into that market and others.

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  2. Crysview is invested by KunShan city government for pushing the high-end technology in china, and the CEO of CrysView worked in SMIC before, so he thinks that SMIC will support them in process. as I know, there has no customer designed this series of sensor.

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  3. the Brigates is CrysView, too.

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