Thursday, December 29, 2011

Digitimes: Samsung and Sony to Supply Sensors for Next Generation iPads

Digitimes quotes its sources saying that next generation iPad 3 would be released in two versions. The high end version will feature 8MP camera with Sony sensor. As for the mid-range model, Samsung is said to be among the suppliers of its 5MP sensor.

The new iPad 3 tablets are to be announced at iWorld on Jan. 26, 2012, according to the newspaper. The original version of iPad was announced on Jan. 27, 2010, while the iPad 2 was first shown on March 2, 2011.


  1. i would not be surprised that ov has been dropped since they had problems w/ apple twice before--first when they failed in providing a cameracube for the first ipad (remember the empty camera module space on the board) and second when because of yield problems they failed to deliver on the 8mp cam in the iphone 4s (and sony got the entire slot). of course this is only speculation but it's based on experience and knowledge. it's more than a mere guess.

    happy new year vlad and everyone. i love this board so much and appreciate all you, eric, cdm and others do to make it the best forum for cis discussion.


    ps: vlad i was going to send the digi story to you late last night when it was first published but figured i'd get to it today, and when i went to click on your email link, i saw you already posted it.

  2. I tried but I can't understand OV.

  3. what do you want to understand from OV :) ?

  4. Looks like smaller companies like OV and Aptina don't fit the requirements of Apple anymore (both quality & price wise).

  5. This is a silly conclusion. Generally speaking supply reliability is almost more important than quality and price. If one component of say, an iPad, is not delivered on time, the entire production line and revenue stream is shut down. That is, the absence of a $2 part can shut down $1000 of product revenue.
    A manufacturer knows that Samsung and Sony have the deep pockets and personnel to assure that the supply chain is maintained. When Aptina was part of Micron, Micron also had relatively deep pockets.
    I am not saying quality and price are unimportant, but concluding that quality and price of OV and Aptina products don't fit the requirements is missing something.
    The smaller players really only get into the large volume lines when they can offer something the bigger players cannot. Sometimes it is technology, and sometimes it is customer service.


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