Friday, October 07, 2016

Sony Image Sensor Production to Reach Full Capacity in October-March

Reuters-1, Reuters-2: Sony will bring production of image sensors to full capacity in the October-March half-year, said Yasuhiro Ueda, president of Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp at a news conference on Friday at Sony's Kumamoto fab in southern Japan. The combined monthly production would rise to 73,000 wafers at Sony's five image sensor plants, from 70,000 wafers now.

"The business environment for our customers is improving," Ueda said. He said brisk demand for Sony's sensors reflects the firm's effort to diversify its client base, noting clients had recently experienced some ups and downs (does Uedo mean Apple?). "Our client portfolio is getting less reliant on specific customers, as we are adding Chinese smartphone makers that are recently thriving," he said.

He also said sensor shipments from the Kumamoto fab, which was damaged by a series of earthquakes earlier this year, have recovered to pre-disaster levels.


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  2. Complete off-topic: Does anybody know how Sony assigns the product numbers to their sensors?

    To me they look almost like generated by a random number generator - I see no correlation at all to features or introduction date....

    1. Given the the few datasheets sony provides, if a sensor is derived from an older sensor, the new sensor always has a larger imx number.
      and if sony directly compare new sensor with old sensor in their datasheets, new sensors always have a larger number.

      and in term of years, the average imx numbers keep going up each year.

      So we can guess the imx model number is based on the order when the project is created.

    2. Basically, I agree. Maybe, if product number is small, but mass production is late, this might mean that CIS was difficult to develop.


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