Monday, June 04, 2012

Transparency Market Research Talks about US Image Sensor Market

Transparency Market Research released an unusual image sensor market report named "Image Sensors Market - The U.S. Industry Analysis Market Share, Trends And Forecast, 2011 - 2017". Few quotes (exactly as written in the report's announcement):

"Image sensors are primarily categorized as CCD image sensors (area image sensor), linear image sensors and X-ray image sensors. The linear image sensor segmented is subdivided into CMOS image sensors, NMOS image sensors and InGaAs image sensors. The linear image sensor is the largest segment; accounting for about 84.2% of the U.S. images sensor market in 2011, largely due to CMOS image sensors, which accounts for more than 90% of the linear image sensor market in the same year. The CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductors) image sensors segment dominates the U.S. linear image sensor market with more than 90% share."

"Portable applications accounts for the largest share of the U.S. image sensors applications followed by toys astronomy. ...Mobile handsets are the leading application for CMOS sensors, representing more than 75% of the total CMOS shipments in 2011. The use of CCD technology will shrink from 14% in 2011 to just 1.3% by 2017."

"Image sensor prices have shown a downward trend over the last few years and are expected to have a similar trend over the next few years. The average selling price per unit of overall image sensors in the U.S. stood at USD 3.9 in 2011. Average cost per unit for CMOS image sensors in the same year was USD 3.5 whereas average cost of CCD image sensors was USD 8.3 per unit."


  1. Am I missing something? Area sensors are all CCDs? Or does someone not understand what a CCD is, say, vs. CMOS. Aptina and Omnivision seem to be two large US manufacturers of CMOS area image sensors. Makes one wonder about the rest of the report.

    1. Paper doesn't blush. Even less do powerpoint slides ;-)

  2. All I can say is "What???" I'm pretty sure there are InGaAs area sensors, too. ASP = 3.9? What - goats?

  3. For me, the term 'CCD' for area sensor just shows their level.
    The most remarkable is that linear sensors occupy x6 share than area sensors.
    Is it true?

  4. Maybe they cofuse CMOS image sensors with linear image sensors.


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