Research and Markets: Global and Chinese CMOS Camera Module Industry Report, 2011-2012
(M2 PressWIRE Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Dublin - Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/afd2ccf5/global_and_chinese) has announced the addition of the "Global and Chinese CMOS Camera Module Industry Report, 2011-2012" report to their offering.
The CMOS camera module is mainly composed of four parts: CMOS image sensor, Lens, Camera module and VCM. CMOS image sensor offers the highest price among the four parts, with the cost roughly accounting for 30-50% of the entire CMOS camera module.
In 2011, Sony defeated Omnivision and won the iPhone 4S 8 megapixel main camera orders from Apple. Omnivision has been the partner with Apple for many years. But sure enough, Sony technically outperforms Omnivision owning to its professional DSLR-based CMOS image sensor technology that ensures better image quality. iPhone 4S employs Sony's IMX145 image sensor with 1.75-?m structure and 90 nm manufactured process as well as ceramic package using flip chip and gold stud ball technique.
The next-generation iPhone will apply the image sensors made by Sony. The choice made by Apple is out of consideration for goods supply capability apart from the image quality. Omnivision, as an IC design company, is only responsible for the design of CMOS image sensor and designates the Taiwan-based TSMC as its sole OEM. Unlike Omnivision, Sony can conduct independent production, possessing four 8-inch wafer fabs.
After Apple's decision to opt for image sensors from Sony, many industrial pioneers have been attracted to do the same. In 2011, Sony enjoyed a market share of around 12% in mobile phone CMOS image sensor industry, and the figure in 2015 is expected to be 30%.
In the lens domain, all manufacturers are confronted with profit straits. This is a labor-intensive industry and veteran employees are more than ever in shortage, which is especially obvious in the production bases located in Chinese mainland. On the one hand, the labor cost is increasing; and on the other hand, the raw materials upstream saw price hike in 2011. By contrast, the lens below 8MP witnessed drop in price because of tough competition.
In the camera module field, benefiting from Apple effect, the business of LG Innotek, as the major provider of camera module for Apple, grew by more than 100% compared to less than 10% in the entire industry in 2011. The three camera module suppliers approved by Apple include LG Innotek, Sharp, and Primax.
Sharp, also as the major supplier of Nokia, is Apple's second supplier.
Key Topics Covered By This Report
- Current Scenario and Trends in the CMOS Camera Module Market
- CMOS Camera Module Market
- CMOS Image Sensor
- CMOS Camera Lens
- Camera Module Assembly
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