Tuesday, January 24, 2006

EETimes on Image Sensor Market

EETimes published a review on image sensor market re-capturing articles and interviews in the past year.
"Today, there are some 40 suppliers of CMOS image sensor (CIS) products in the booming but overcrowded market. Research firm Gartner Dataquest Inc. recently estimated the global CIS market would increase from $2.4 billion in 2004 to $3.2 billion in 2005 and surge to $5.6 billion by 2008."
According to our count, there are more than 60 of CIS companies, dealing with CIS. Some of them are in stealth mode yet, some are providing design services for others.

"Micron entered the CIS business by purchasing Photobit Corp., a developer of CMOS imaging chips for professional cameras. Today, Micron claims to be the world’s leading producer of CIS products with more than a 30 percent market share in the arena."

A conroversial quote: "CIS providers can agree on one thing: CCDs are running out of steam. For years, digital still cameras, camcorders and other products have used CCDs. But CMOS image sensors are making inroads in the consumer segment — at the expense of CCDs."
According to some research, CCDs are re-gaining market share in DSC.

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