Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Samsung Shifts CIS Capacity to Memory?

Digitimes published rumors that due to improved forecast for DRAM and NAND flash in Q3 2009, Samsung has shifted its production capacity from image sensors to memory products and thus will temporarily suspend supply of image sensors to users outside the Samsung Group in the Q3. However, Samsung's Taiwan distributors say that a supply suspension is unlikely. But in case a shortage does occur in the third quarter, the distributors have asked customers not to place extra orders for the Q3. Digitimes also gives the following table of sensor's manufacturing bases:

Leading CIS manufacturers: Capacity arrangement


Capacity arrangement

Capacity suppliers



Two 8-inch fabs, one 12-inch fab


VGA, 1.3M, 2M, 3M, 5M, 8M, 10M


Three 8-inch fabs, one 12-inch fab

Powerchip, TSMC

VGA, 1.3M, 3M, 5M


One 8-inch fab


VGA, 2M, 5M, 8M

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