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In-Stat: CMOS tops CCD in image sensors market

Posted: 10 Sep 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:CMOS? CCD? image sensor market?

Contrary to an IC Insights report, a recent survey by market research firm In-Stat found that CMOS image sensors continue to dominate the market over CCD.

Despite strong growth in the digital still camera market, camera phones dominate the market for image sensors, comprising more than 75 percent of all image sensors shipped, according to In-Stat.

The high demand for camera phones also caused CMOS sensors to outweigh CCD sensors in terms of units shipped with nearly 80 percent of the share, said In-Stat. CCD sensors, however still have a strong hold in digital still cameras, security cameras and camcorders.

"CMOS made inroads into digital still cameras and camcorders in 2006, two markets that traditionally have been dominated by CCD sensors", stated In-Stat analyst Brian O'Rourke. "CCD continued to dominate the point-and-shoot sweet spot of the camera market."

The move to CMOS was particularly strong in the digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) market segment. For instance, DSLR market leader Canon exclusively uses its own CMOS sensors in its cameras.

The In-Stat findings are in a certain contrast to the conclusions of competitor IC Insights, which recently found that the first half of 2007 have been "a disaster" for the CMOS sensor manufacturers. The problem for the manufacturers was that orders from camera phone manufacturers declined, IC Insight said.

- Christoph Hammerschmidt
EE Times-Europe

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