Sharp has been mostly known by its CCDs. The 2012 Sharp Components Catalog does not even mention CMOS sensors as a product category. However, one the the Oct. 2012 Cadence success stories reveals that "Recently Sharp embarked on designing a new consumer electronics CMOS image sensor."
"Cadence helped us achieve our target in the highly competitive arena of CMOS image sensors,” says Naoya Fujita, GM of Product Planning, Electronic Components and Devices Group, Sharp. "We were able to deliver the highest quality of silicon and get to market significantly faster than would have been possible with our previous flow. We exceeded our design requirements and expectations, and look forward to continued collaboration with Cadence to meet the growing demand for high-quality CMOS images sensors."