Camera module industry: resilience and innovations as key strengths

“Many cameras” approach in mobile phones and automotive continues to drive the industry forward.

“During the outbreak of the pandemic in 2020, our private social life but also the entire economic life , including the CCM industry, were temporarily suspended, but swift action was taken, and the CCM industry quickly recovered.” asserts Richard Liu, Technology & Market Analyst, Imaging at Yole Développement (Yole). He adds: “The trade tension between China and the US led to Huawei being banned and not being able to purchase any key chips dedicated to the production of mobile phones. This created much motion within the ecosystem. However, the drive of the CCM industry as a whole was marginally affected in 2020”.

Yole and System Plus Consulting collaborated to produce in-depth analyses fully dedicated to the CCM industry and products. Both partners combined their technical expertise and market knowledge to get a deep understanding of the current challenges.

In this context, System Plus Consulting publishes a smart collection of reverse engineering studies throughout the year, focused on the comparison of CCM technologies and design choices. The latest volume is now available: Camera Module Comparison 2021 Vol. 3 – Samsung Galaxy S Evolution. This reverse engineering & costing analysis identifies Samsung’s Galaxy S camera design choices and points out the technical and cost evolution from the S7 to the S21 Ultra.

In parallel, the market research and strategy consulting company, Yole, releases today its annual imaging report: Status of the Camera Module Industry 2021. With this update, analysts offer a valuable update of the CCM ecosystem, along with a comprehensive description and study of the related markets and technologies involved. The 2021 edition delivers application ranges, technical market segmentation, market trends and forecasts, as well as key players by

The many cameras approach in mobile not only increases photography functions (such as macro, telephoto etc.) but also greatly improves the photographic effects. As a result, the multi-camera setups are observed in most smartphones, resulting in an increase in the number of mobile CCMs from 4.9 billion to 5.4 billion units from 2019 to 2020, a YoY growth of 10.4%.

From imaging to sensing, a 3D camera can be added in the front or rear (the front also includes optical fingerprint recognition), it positively affects the development direction of the many camera approach in mobile phones.

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