The CMOS image sensors market is dynamic, with multiple applications mostly concentrated on mobile phones. However, even though mobile phones accounted for ~ 65% of total shipments in 2011, several new applications are poised to drive future market growth. In particular, three fast-emerging applications of significant size should drive market growth to an expected CAGR over 30%: tablets, automotive and smart TVs.
From a technological standpoint, the CMOS image sensors industry is exceptionally innovative. For example, three years after its introduction by Sony and Omnivision, BSI technology is still limited to a small number of players -- but BSI image sensors have already accounted for 25% of total CIS sales in 2012. What’s more, the rapid adoption of BSI technology is expected to reach more than 70% by 2017.
In the future, other high-potential technologies could quickly reshape the imaging industry -- namely 3D Time-of-Flight imaging, computational imaging, quantum dot film, single photon counting and stacked sensor architecture.
All of these technological innovations and market opportunities have a strong impact on the strategic decisions of CIS-related companies – and as the CMOS image sensors market continues to grow, a clear duality has developed between companies that have adopted a growth strategy focused on low-end markets, and companies opting for specialization in high-end and higher-margin markets.
In this webcast, we’ll analyze the most recent announcements and present the latest technological applications/combinations that are expected to have a strong impact on the CMOS image sensors industry, and enable it to meet the challenges of mass manufacturing.
Paul Danini is in charge of the imaging technologies redearches at Yole Développement. After a short experience at e2v, he previously worked in IP strategy at Avenium Consulting. He holds a master of engineering in instrumental physics & medical imaging, complemented by a master degree in Technology and Innovation Management from Grenoble EM Business School.
Mike McLaughlin has been working with emerging technologies for over 12 years at IBM and Cisco and was a principal analyst at Gartner. He now leads all of Yole Développement's activities and business development for North America. Mike is a graduate of Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA