Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Micron Expands Image Sensor Capacity

EETimes: Micron currently produces CMOS sensors in Boise, Idaho, and Avezzano, Italy. It is converting another Boise plant and one in Nishiwaki, Japan, to sensor production. Each of the four fabs has a production capacity of 50,000 8-inch wafers a month.
The company predicts the image sensor market will expand from 800 million units this year to 1 billion in 2007 and 1.7 billion in 2010. It claims its shipments have accounted for 36 percent of the total volume shipped this year to date.
Micron has been focusing on camera phone sensors and claims to have accounted for 33 percent of the total market for those devices in 2005.

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