According to In-Stat, the booming camera phone market will drive the image sensor market. Camera phones accounted for over 70% of all digital cameras shipped in 2005. The vast majority of these devices used Complimentary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) sensors, with the remainder using Charge-Coupled Devices (CCDs). In 2005, CMOS image sensor shipments exceeded CCD shipments by almost a factor of three. This gap will continue to widen through 2010.
In-Stat believes “CMOS will continue to flourish, due to its popularity in camera phones, web cameras, and toy cameras. CCDs will continue to thrive in markets such as digital still cameras, camcorders, and security cameras.”
In-Stat found the following in their research:
- Digital still cameras continued as the second-largest market for image sensors, with over 70 million units shipped in 2005.
- In 2005, embedded cameras in PCs hit the market, especially in notebook PCs.
- Automotive rear view cameras continued to show strong growth in higher-end sedans, sport utility vehicles and minivans.
Their research, “Image Sensors 2006: CMOS Sensors Outship CCDs” (#IN0602968MI), covers the market for all types of image sensors, including CCDs, CMOS image sensors, and Contact Image Sensors (CIS). It provides a complete review of the 2005 market for image sensors, as well as annual forecast numbers through 2010. CCD, CMOS, and CIS market shares for each application, in both units and revenues, are provided annually for the entire forecast period. Profiles of the world’s leading image sensor suppliers are also presented. The price is $3,495 (US).