Image Sensor Advances Expand Range of UsesFebruary 6, 2013
Frost & Sullivan research indicates that fabrication and design innovations have allowed the technology to penetrate a wider range of applications, but the high cost of these devices is a significant challenge for the overall image sensors market.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- Advances in fabrication and designing techniques have led to the production of low-cost, highly compact, miniaturized image sensors that offer high resolution images while maintaining a small form factor. These features have allowed image sensors to penetrate a wide range of applications beyond their major market of consumer electronics. Other sectors such as industrial imaging, medical, security and surveillance, and automotive also are leveraging the advancing technological abilities of image sensors.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Developments in Image Sensors, finds that the capability offered by complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) over its main competing technology, charge-coupled device (CCD), have enabled it to become the dominant image sensor.
"Various factors are responsible for the increased adoption of CMOS image sensors, which have pushed CCDs into specific, high-end imaging applications," said Frost & Sullivan Technical Insights Research Analyst Sumit Kumar Pal. "These include the low cost of fabrication, higher chip integration, lower power consumption, higher frame rates, and vast improvement in the quality of the images."
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A significant challenge for the overall image sensors market is high cost, which could dampen the uptake of image sensors in high-volume applications. Market participants, therefore, are targeting the development of low-cost, high-performance image sensors.
"Customers of image sensors are electronic device manufacturers or integrators who have to price their products competitively," explained Pal. "This makes it necessary for them to procure image sensors at low cost without compromising on the performance of the imaging device."
Strong collaborations and alliances with universities and institutes will help companies to survive in the highly competitive image sensors market. Mergers and acquisitions represent another route to gaining access to cutting-edge technologies.
"Camera manufacturers should partner with image sensor providers, as the sensor is the most important part of the product," advised Pal. "This will provide them a competitive edge by lowering the cost of procurement while offering access to advanced technologies."
Developments in Image Sensors, a part of the Technical Insights subscription, offers a brief snapshot of the drivers, challenges, and capabilities of CCD and CMOS image sensors. Further, this research service includes detailed technology analysis and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.
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