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CMOS Image Sensor Market Forecast to Grow at 10% CAGR to Reach $13B by 2018

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Status of the CMOS Image Sensor Industry 2014" report to their offering.

As major technology changes continue to reshape the industrial landscape, a 10% CAGR is forecast for the CMOS image sensor market from 2013 - 2018. The market will reach a total value of US$13B by 2018, driven by consumer and automotive applications.

The Big 3 are likely to maintain their leadership, thanks to advanced technologies and strong production capacity

For each application, different market dynamics exist between competitors. In the handset market, we believe the Big 3, Omnivision, Samsung and Sony, will continue to dominate thanks to advanced technologies, a large installed capacity and a costoptimized manufacturing machine, while secondtier players must overcome economic and technical challenges to stay competitive.

In the consumer market, major Japanese companies will still lead in DSLR, and it's likely to stay that way since they're vertically-integrated (although some CIS companies have announced dedicated products). Automotive is a highly concentrated market, with 95% served by the top five suppliers.

The strong move in the CIS markets from major player such as SONY's pushes other companies to a fablight / fabless strategy. Indeed, this evolution has started already with companies like Aptina and STMicroelectronics. As they are stuck with limited volumes and struggling because of fierce competition from both high-end and very low-end players, they need to outsource or co-develop their leading edge production (as their volumes are not high enough to invest in the prohibitively expensive infrastructures). Besides a dramatic change in their business model, these players also move to higher end applications and out of the traditional mobile phone market.

The next generation of consumer 3D cameras will fuel the image sensor market with considerable potential, such as:

  • Gesture recognition in consumer applications, i.e. TV and gaming
  • Optical quality inspection in industrial automation
  • 3D imaging in photographic or video cameras
  • Image analysis in automotive, surveillance and biometrics

What's new compared to last edition?

  • Updated 2012-2018 market forecasts with a refined model for cell phone applications
  • Identification of new entrants: SMIC, LFoundry, UMC, Hynix...
  • Updated applications analysis with a focus on machine vision
  • Updated technological section describing new production trends in different categories: new functionalities / future CIS generation / advanced pixel architecture / improved light confinement & selection
  • 2013 market shares estimation

Key Topics Covered:

1. What we saw, what we missed

2. Changes for the 2013 report

3. Report objectives & scope

4. Executive summary

5. Introduction & background

6. Market forecasts & supply chain

7. Application focus

8. New & future technologies

9. Conclusions

10. Appendix

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