Image Sensor Companies

Here is the list of Si-based image sensor companies, as of June 2010. These are only silicon-based vendors, no exotic materials here. The companies are sorted according to the market they are pursuing. Not all the companies from Mainstream High Volume section are really that high volume. Rather, they are operating at high volume market with different degrees of success. Please email me in case of errors.


Companies targeting mainstream high volume market (camera phones, DSCs, webcams):

Aptina
Brigates (Rui-Xin)
BYD
Digital Imaging Systems (formerly known as Dialog Imaging Systems)
Fujifilm
Himax Imaging
Hynix
Invisage
LiteOn
Maru LSI
Galaxycore
Novatek
Omnivision
Panasonic
Pixelplus
Primesensor (UMC and Pixart JV)
Rosnes
Samsung
SETi
Sharp
Siliconfile
STMicroelectronics
Sony Semiconductor
Superpix
Toshiba and Toshiba-Iwate site

Custom design and consulting services, including licensing:

Amain
Anafocus
Aphesa
AWAIBA
Brainvision
Brookman Technology
Caeleste
CMOSIS
CMOS Vision
Curious Corporation - located in Japan, licenses column-parallel ADC and other CIS blocks
Cypress (Fillfactory) - acquired by ON Semiconductor
EM Microelectronic - Marin SA
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ESPROS Photonics Corp. (EPC) - Swiss design house and foundry
Forza Silicon
Fraunhofer Institute of Microelectronic Circuits and Systems (Duisburg, Germany)
Harvest Imaging
ImagerLabs
Luxima - founded by Alexander Krymski and Lin Ping Ang
Motion Video Products - Based in San Diego. High-speed CCD and CMOS sensor design.
New Imaging Technologies (NIT)
Pyxalis
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Sanei Hytechs - Japan-based custom design house
Sarnoff
Sensor Creations - founded by Stefan Lauxtermann (Teledyne)
Tangent Technologies

Companies pursuing niche markets:

ADVIS
Alexima
Altasens - acquired by JVC-Kenwood in August 2012.
Andanta - Olching, Germany-based, founded in 2009
AWAIBA
Ball Aerospace and Technologies
Banpil Photonics
Brandywine Photonics - hyperspectral CMOS sensor FBK-2
Canon
Clairpixel
CMOS Sensor Inc.
CMOSIS
CSEM
DALSA acquired by Teledyne in December, 2010, became Teledyne DALSA
Dexela
Dpix - amorphous silicon arrays
e2v
Excelitas Technologies, formerly PerkinElmer Illumination and Detection Solutions
Fairchild Imaging - acquired by BAE
Hamamatsu Photonics
Intevac Imaging
Intrigue Technologies
IR Nova - Quantum Well Infrared Photodetectors, Acreo spin-off (Sweden)
ISDI-cmos - Lincoln University, UK spin-off
Kedah Wafer Emas - KWE (UniqueICs subsidiary)
Lumiense Photonics
Melexis
Micro Photon Devices - Bolzano, Italy-based, sells 32x32 SPAD imagers, the world's biggest commercial ones, as of Aug. 2011. Spun off from Milano Polytechnic Univ.
Nano Retina
Neuricam
New Imaging Technologies (NIT)
NikkoIA - Licensed Siemens NIR-MWIR vision patents
ON Semiconductor (former Fillfactory, then Cypress)
Panavision Imaging - former Panavision SVI, Silicon Image sensor group, Photon Vision Systems
PerkinElmer - left with X-ray panels only after Excelitas has been spun off, acquired Dexela.
Photonfocus
Pixart
Pixpolar
PNSensor
R3Logic
Rayence - Korea-based X-Ray sensor and panel maker.
RMD
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Semiconductor Technology Associates (STA)
SensL Technologies
Shimadzu
Sigma (Foveon)
SiOnyx
Teledyne Imaging Sensors
TI
Truesense Imaging (former Kodak Image Sensor Solutions), acquired by ON Semiconductor in April 2014
ULIS - amorphous silicon IR bolometer imagers
Viimagic
Vision Integration Technology - ViTi
ZeeAnn - automotive WDR and regular sensors, based in Korea, founded in 2009

3D Vision Companies:

Brainvision (developed sensor for Stanley Electric TOFCam)
Heliotis
IC-Haus
IEE SA - Luxembourg, developer of 3D MLI ToF Sensor
MESA Imaging - CSEM spin-off
Microsoft (acquired 3DV, Canesta)
Odos Imaging - Edinburgh, Scotland-based, proprietary ToF sensor and camera, Siemens technology
Optech
Optrima, Softkinetic-Optrima JV
Panasonic
PMD Technologies
Samsung
TriDiCam - a spin-off of the Fraunhofer Institute, Duisburg, Germany
Ubixum - founded by Keith Fife

ROIC Companies:

BAE Systems
Faun Infrared - IR bolometer ROICs
FLIR (bought Indigo)
Goodrich (bought Sensors Unlimited)
Mikro-Tasarım - based in Ankara, Turkey
PrivaTran
Senseeker
SPEC
Valley Oak Semiconductor (Tucson, AZ) - a division of Infrared Laboratories since 2008
Voxtel Opto
Xenics

Companies of unknown status (may be defunct):

Alexima
Candela Microsystems
Newport Media
Photon Detection Systems
Planet82
Silicon Optronics (Omnivision and Powerchip JV)
SITe (Scientific Imaging Technologies)

Image Sensor Foundries:

Austria Micro Systems (AMS)
DALSA
Dongbu Hitek
ESPROS Photonics Corp. (EPC) - Swiss CCD and CMOS foundry and design house
HH NEC (Hua Hong NEC)
IBM
LFoundry
Nanya
Powerchip
SMIC
TSMC
Toppan Printing (Microlens and Color Filter)
TowerJazz
UMC
Visera (Microlens, Color Filter, Testing)
X-FAB
XMC - Wuhan, Hubei province, China

Defunct Companies:

NoblePeak Vision - ceased operations in Sept. 2010, assets acquired by Infrared Laboratories (Tucson, AZ)
CmoX - ceased operations in 2007
ElecVision

Acquired Companies:

Advasense - acquired by Pixim in June 2011
Kodak Image Sensor Solution - acquired by Platinum Equity in Nov. 2011, renamed to Truesense Imaging. Acquired by ON Semiconductor in April 2014
Pixim - acquired by Sony in Sept 2012
Rad-icon Imaging was acquired by Dalsa in 2008.
TASC - acquired by Alcor Micro in April 2007

20 comments:

  1. There is one cmos image sensor company in Korea. The company name is ZeeAnn. I found out their product performance through youtube. You can see the video after searching 'ZeeAnn'.

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  2. Thank you for the info. I've just added it.

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  3. TASC is out of business for 2 years. This company is acquired by another company,www.alcormicro.com, which focus on flash controller and multimedia DSP.

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  4. ElecVision is out of business for 5 years. This company was acquired by MediaTek which planed to developed its own sensor for mobile phone. But MediaTek failed to do so due to unknown reason.

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  5. CmoX is out of business for a long time, at least 6 years.

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  6. Kodak sold its image sensor business. An employee is listing his new affiliation as "Truesense".

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  7. Better information on previous post concerning former Kodak business. Company is now "Truesense Imaging":

    http://www.kodak.com/ek/US/en/Image_Sensor_Solutions/Kodak_Image_Sensor_Solutions.htm

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  8. Thank you. Indeed, the update of the list is long overdue. Actually, some info has been published in the blog, but I forgot to update the companies list. See, for example TASC acquisition post:

    http://image-sensors-world.blogspot.com/2007/04/alcor-micro-takes-over-tasc.html

    The info about other companies is unofficial. For instance, Newport Media is most probably closed in 2008 or so, but no official announcement has been made. CmoX maintained its web site for many years after the company has been dissolved.

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  9. The assets of NoblePeak were acquired by Infrared Laboratories in Tucson. I don't know anything about their plan.

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  10. Thanks! I've added this to the list.

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  11. Mikro-Tasarim is a relatively new company that develops ROICs and imaging sensors since 2008 (www.mikro-tasarim.com.tr). Two of its products are MT6425CA (640x512-25um CTIA ROIC) and MT6415CA (640x512-15um CTIA ROIC).

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  12. Vladimir, I would love to see gestigon (www.gestigon.com) in this list. I assume, that "3D Vision Companies" would fit best - or a new category: "Middleware"?

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    1. Actually, Gestigon is in the list of Ecosystem Companies, together with few other middleware companies.

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  13. Can anyone suggest where can I find Monochrome image sensor company that provides support in india?

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  14. Foveon(www.foveon.com) was acquired by Sigma Photo.

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  15. ON Semiconductor is missing from the above list.

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  16. Clean-up item - Rad-Icon Imaging was acquired by Dalsa in 2008.

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  17. Clean-up item - Teledyne acquired Dalsa in December, 2010.

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  18. Clean-up item - Altasens was acquired by JVC-Kenwood in August 2012.

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  19. David,
    Thank you for the corrections!

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