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Apr 18th, 2014
 
ON Semi on a roll with image sensors
 
ON Semiconductor doesn’t usually come off as a powerhouse in image sensor technology, largely because the $2.8 billion company has a broad product portfolio spread across different markets.
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Moreover, ON Semiconductor’s image sensors aren’t designed into consumer products such as smartphones or tablets - the two biggest market drivers in the recent growth of CMOS image sensors. The company’s focus on the high-margin industrial market for machine vision tends to keep it under the radar.

But this is a general perception that’s about to change.

ON Semiconductor just last week signed a definitive agreement to acquire Truesense Imaging Inc., which for 40 years served as Eastman Kodak’s imaging division.

Yole Développement’s list of key players in machine vision begins with Truesense and continues on to Aptina, ON Semiconductor, PhotonFocus, e2v, CMOSIS, Xfab, Lfoundry, TowerJazz, Sony, and Hamamatsu. Given this order of importance, ON Semiconductor has clearly carved out space on the most visible part of the map by buying its biggest competitor...

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