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CMOS sensors unit volume to grow $1B by 2005iSuppli

Posted: 07 Feb 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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The unit volume for CMOS sensors is projected by iSuppli Corp.'s Market Intelligence Service group to grow from 18 million devices worth in 2001, to 72 million units by 2005. This means that CMOS image sensors will represent about 47 percent of all such devices shipped by 2005, up from the 23 percent of image sensor shipments posted in 2001, the research firm added.

In the latest report from the iSuppli Application Markets and Application-Specific Devices Practice, "CMOS Image Sensors: Sensing New Opportunities," principal analyst Jay Srivatsa indicated, "The low cost and power consumption of CMOS image sensors will be creating major growth opportunities in a range of new consumer applications from low-cost digital still cameras to cell phones. CCD sensors should continue to dominate the high-end digital still camera market and other imaging markets like medical instrumentation where precision is required. In fact, CCD sensor shipments will expand from 60 million units in 2001 to more than 80 million units by 2005."

"North American and European suppliers currently dominate the CMOS sensor market, but several Japanese suppliers are sure to enter the fray over the next few years," Srivatsa noted.

Srivatsa also said that a market shakeout caused by intense price competition is almost sure to develop, pointing to Intel's cancellation of its CMOS sensor development program in 2000 without ever bringing a product to market.

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