Friday, May 11, 2012

Good News Predicted for Image Sensor Market

Electronics Weekly: IC Insights predicts sales of CMOS image sensors to grow 8% in 2012 to $6.3bn compared to $5.8bn in 2011, when the market climbed 29% from $4.5bn in 2010. More importantly, the 2011 increase was the first back-to-back annual sales gain for CMOS image sensors since 2006.

CMOS image sensor sales before the downturn registered a record of $4.6bn in 2008. The sales fell 16% in 2009 and declined nearly 14% in 2007.

IC Insights expect the CMOS image sensor market to reach $10.8bn in 2016 – a CAGR of 13% over the next five years compared to a CAGR of just 5% between 2006 and 2011.

Automotive is the fastest growing CMOS image sensor application with sales reaching $1.8bn in 2016, or about 17% of the market’s total dollar volume that year. Camera cellphones will continue to be the largest CMOS image sensor application in 2016 with sales expected to be $5.4bn or 50% of the revenues overall, compared to about $4.2bn or 72% of the total in 2011.

Update: Solid State Technology published a graph on unit volumes and dollar sales of CMOS sensors based on IC Insights data:


IC Insights ranking of CMOS sensor vendors in 2011:
  1. Omnivision
  2. Samsung
  3. Sony
  4. ST Micro
  5. Toshiba
  6. Aptina

7 comments:

  1. Aptina as #6 doesn't make sense to me. I thought Aptina was in the top 3, which were tightly spaced, with ST, Sony and Toshiba considerably behind the top 3. Have there been other 2011 ranking releases?

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  2. Ranking in 2011 is based on Revenue or Unit Shipments?

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  3. The original IC Insights PR talks about sales ranking, whereas sales presented as revenues on the graph.

    http://www.icinsights.com/news/bulletins/CMOS-Image-Sensors-Begin-Breaking-Sales-Records-Again/

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  4. I think it makes sense if you consider that top 5 still sell to tier-1s in mobile whereas Aptina didnt in 2011 or still doesnt

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  5. Transparency Market Research Published a New Market Research Report on U.S. Image Sensors Market Browse Report With TOC : http://www.transparencymarketresearch.com/image-sensors-market-us.html

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  6. What a bunch of garbage this report and forecast is. Many research firms put imaging sensors out to 2017 at around $20B USD. Numerous applications have arisen including biometrics, automotive, primary and scondary imagers for smartphones/tablets.

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  7. add life sciences to that as well.

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