The image sensors are primarily categorized as CCD image sensors (area image sensor), linear image sensors and X-ray image sensors. The linear image sensor segmented is subdivided into CMOS image sensors, NMOS image sensors and InGaAs image sensors. The linear image sensor is the largest segment; accounting for about 84.2% of the U.S. images sensor market in 2011, largely due to CMOS image sensors, which accounts for more than 90% of the linear image sensor market in the same year.
The CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductors) image sensors segment dominates the U.S. linear image sensor market with more than 90% share. The cost of manufacturing CMOS-based image sensors is much cheaper than other competing technologies in the market. This low cost image sensor will have a good market in the industrial segment. The explosive growth and rapid development of CMOS image sensors are driven by the mobile phone market. Mobile devices with CMOS image sensors are expected to grow rapidly in the next 2 to 3 years in the U.S. market. This trend is expected to drive the growth of the emerging CMOS sensor markets of Latin America, India, Russia, and China.
The growth in image sensor market is driven by low cost CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductors) based image sensor technology. The use of CMOS in image sensor technology helps in providing better quality images as compared to CCD (Charge Coupled Device) technology. The cost of manufacturing CMOS-based image sensors is much cheaper than other competing technologies in the market. This low cost image sensor will have a good market in the industrial segment.
The applications of image sensor devices in the consumer market are driving the U.S. image sensor market. Image sensor devices with CMOS technology are better than the other competitive technologies in the market. With advancement in technology, consumers are shifting towards modularization and the use of advanced devices with image sensor enabled applications.
Portable applications accounts for the largest share of the U.S. image sensors applications followed by toys astronomy. With growing safety and security standards, a large number of automobile manufacturers are upgrading their vehicles, which is expected to drive the image sensors market. Low-priced and efficient design capabilities of image sensors make them ideal for automotive applications. Mobile handsets are the leading application for CMOS sensors, representing more than 75% of the total CMOS shipments in 2011. The use of CCD technology will shrink from 14% in 2011 to just 1.3% by 2017.
Growing popularity of smartphones in the U.S. region is expected to increase the market prospects for image sensors in the near future. Significant opportunities in the image sensor market are expected over the next few years. With the increase in the use of image sensor devices in biometrics, medical, and film cameras in accordance with vehicle driver assistance systems, security and surveillance devices are expected to have a substantial market in the future.
The image sensor market in the U.S. is growing rapidly with a large number of competitors on the scene. Global players are forcing local players to manufacture new products as the market is growing rapidly. This is causing an add on advantage for good manufacturing practices for the U.S. image sensor market with the increase in market share in terms of quality of the image sensor products.
There are about 23 major sensor types used in a range of sub-systems and instruments for increasing number of end markets across the world. Image sensors now hold a commendable position in the global sensors market with variety of applications for a large number of end use segments.
The U.S. Image Sensors Market: Overview
The use of image sensors spans across a large number of industries and consumer types. They find use from toys and children’s educational devices to the automotive industry and robotics. Image sensors primarily detect optical data and convey programmed information to wherever needed by converting the optical signal into an electric one. Image sensors are practically used in almost all electronic devices of today, including all key forms of consumer electronics. They are also used in high level fields within complex systems in the industries of defense and aerospace.
The report on the U.S. image sensors market relies on tried and tested industry analytics to produce the most accurate predictions for it till 2017. For this, the report gathers all relevant data from the recent past as well as the current scenario of the market. These facts and figures are used to extrapolate the status of the market in the near future with a high level of precision.
The U.S. Image Sensors Market: Trends and Opportunities:
The U.S. image sensors market is expected to be continually driven by an incremental demand for portable scanning equipment and consumer electronics. The use of portable devices is creating a high scope of development for image sensors by allowing them to be more efficient in power consumption and to transmit data securely and speedily across wireless communication passages.
Key sensor types in the U.S. image sensors market include linear image sensors, X-ray image sensors, and CCD/area image sensors. Of these, linear image sensors are in extremely high demand, especially CMOS-based image sensors, which is a sub-segment of it. This is another key aspect that needs to be considered in the progression of the U.S. image sensors market: the growing use of CMOS-based image sensors. These sensors come at affordable prices, can be easily mass-produced and are efficient enough for generalized usage. As a result, CMOS-based image sensors not only take up a majority share of the U.S. image sensors market, but are also further driving the usage of image sensors as a whole.
The U.S. Image Sensors Market: Applications Outlook:
CMOS-based image sensors – being the dominant type in the U.S. image sensors market – have found a massive volume of demand from mobile handset manufacturers. In 2011, over 75% of the total shipments of CMOS-based image sensors in the U.S. were shipped to the mobile handset industry. On the other hand, CCD image sensors are expected to witness a drastic drop in demand. By 2017, this segment is expected to fall to 1.3% from a substantial share of 14% in 2011.
The application segments of the U.S. image sensors market have a large part to play in the type of sensors that are being manufactured and developed. The key application segments of the U.S. image sensors market have consistently been in the fields of toys and astronomy, and automotive. At the same time, the U.S. image sensors market is witnessing a significant upswing in the demand for its products in portable applications. With the rising number of portable devices, the U.S. image sensors market needs to develop superior wireless imaging sensors to match the rate of technological advancement of the devices that they will be used in.
Companies Mentioned in the Research Report:
The key players in the U.S. image sensors market include Omnivision Technologies Inc., Micron Technology Inc., Dalsa Corporation, and Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas.
Key segments of the U.S. Image Sensors Market:
The U.S. Image Sensors Market, By Types
- CCD Image Sensors
- Linear Image Sensors
- CMOS Image Sensors
- NMOS Image Sensors
- INGAAS Image Sensors
- X-ray Image Sensors
The U.S. Image Sensors Market, By Applications
- Portable Applications
- Medical Applications
- Toys and Astronomy
- Machine Vision Systems
- Document Scanning
- Automotive Applications
Major regions analyzed under this research report are:
- North America
- Asia Pacific
- Rest of the World
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Image sensors are broadly categorized under CCD image sensors (area image sensor), linear image sensors and X-ray image sensors. Linear image sensors are further segmented into CMOS image sensors, NMOS image sensors and InGaAs image sensors. The linear image sensors command the largest share of shipment and revenue, largely due to CMOS image sensors, which accounts for more than 90% of the linear image sensor market.
Growing technological advancement and faster adoption of new generation of mobile technology has spurred the demand for high resolution imaging technology. With nationwide mobile penetration inching towards 100%, mobile phone manufacturers are introducing a new array of imaging-enabled products. Current differentiators for imaging in mobile technology are low cost, low power, high performance and small size. Increasing integration and low power operation has opened new application segments for image sensors.
CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) image sensors facilitate large scale integration and can enable a single chip to accommodate all camera functions, which eliminates the need for additional support packaging and assembly; thus lowering cost. Market players are progressively providing higher levels of integration by incorporating DSPs (digital signal processing), as well as ISPs (integrated signal processing). Other ground-breaking features such as multiple color filters that allow JPEG images conversion on the sensor are also supporting the market growth.
Continuously growing different varieties and forms of sensors used in handsets, tablets and motion-based image sensors applications are becoming more sophisticated and elegant; moving further than screen rotation. The blending of signals of various sensors is facilitating the faster, smoother and precise description of motion in mobile devices. This accuracy is well-matched for novel applications including gaming, augmented reality and motion-based web browsing.
Image sensor prices have shown a downward trend over the last few years and are expected to have a similar trend over the next few years. The average selling price per unit of overall image sensors in the U.S. stood at USD 3.9 in 2011. Average cost per unit for CMOS image sensors in the same year was USD 3.5 whereas average cost of CCD image sensors was USD 8.3 per unit.