Friday, September 07, 2012

Market Pulse

PR Newswire: MIC (Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute), an ICT industry research institute based in Taiwan, estimates the camera phones' share of the global mobile phone market to stand at 83.2% in 2012 and increase to 84.8% in 2013. The overall camera phone market volume is expected to see a 10.5% year-on-year growth in 2013 to 1.63 billion units.

Worldwide mobile phone CMOS image sensor market volume is estimated at 2.089 billion units in 2012, growing 21.1%, and market volume share of image sensors used for sub-camera modules [not sure what's sub-camera - ISW] in overall market will hit 29.2%. The worldwide mobile phone CMOS sensor market volume will increase by 17% in 2013, reaching around 2.44 billion units.

Research In China's Global and China CMOS Camera Module Industry Report, 2011-2012 says that Apple generated great advertising effect when iPhone adapted Sony sensors a year ago. Many other customers have been attracted to order CMOS sensors from Sony. In 2011, Sony enjoyed a market share of around 12% in mobile phone CMOS sensor industry, and the figure in 2015 is expected to be 30%.

In the camera module space, benefiting from "Apple effect", the business of LG Innotek, as the major provider of camera module for Apple, grew by more than 100% compared to less than 10% in the entire industry in 2011. The three camera module suppliers approved by Apple are LG Innotek, Sharp, and Primax:


  1. Is this report worth US $2600 and up? It predicted that "On the supplier list published by Apple in 2012, Omnivision is not included. Thus, there is high possibility that Apple's new-generation iPad camera module has employed CMOS image sensors made by Samsung or Sony."?

  2. The report's statement of "iPhone 4S employs Sony's IMX145 image sensor with 1.75-┬Ám structure" seems to be incorrect. Should it be 1.4um?


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