The vendor landscape of the U.S. image sensors market includes companies such as Dalsa Corporation, Omnivision Technologies Inc., Micron Technology Inc., and Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas. The market players are witnessing an increased demand for linear image sensors owing to the extensive applications of CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) image sensors across a wide range of applications. In fact, the majority of the revenue of these market players comes from the shipment of linear image sensors.
Among the linear image sensors, the CMOS image sensors let large scale integration of camera functions in a single chip. These image sensors are beneficial for the market players as well as they do not require additional support packaging and assembly, thereby reducing the manufacturing cost. “The key vendors are further introducing unique features in the CMOS image sensors such as multiple color filters to allow JPEG image conversions,” states a TMR analyst.
Minimum Wage Policy Increases Manufacturing Cost of Image Sensors
The low cost of CMOS image sensors is anticipated to push the U.S. image sensor market. With the growing demand for better image quality and versatility, the demand for bigger imaging devices has surged. Furthermore, low power and increasing integration operations have led to new applications of image sensors. Advancements in the modern mobile technology have spurred the demand for high resolution images in various handheld devices. Mobile phone manufacturers are introducing a wide range of low cost, low power, and high performance imaging-enabled products that are well-matched for novel applications such as motion-based web browsing, augmented reality, and gaming. The rise in multimedia enabled devices has aided the growth of the image sensors market in the U.S.
However, increase in labor costs is one of the major hiccups in the market’s growth. In the U.S., the minimum wage policy has increased the cost of manpower and this is adding up to the manufacturing cost of image sensors. “The market has a significant opportunity to grow with the adoption of 3G across video supportive mobile phones,” TMR report states.
Backside Illumination Emerges as New Technology in U.S. Image Sensors Market
Backside illumination is the latest technology introduced in the U.S. image sensors market. A back-illuminated sensor has improved sensitivity with both side layers designed and optimized independently. However, the biggest limitation is in form of pixel size scaling. “Improving the low-light performance of back-illuminated sensors requires more amplification and hence, increases the digital noise,” points out the TMR analyst.
The image sensors market in the U.S. is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 11.1% during the period between 2011 and 2017. This regional market was worth US$2.0 bn in 2011 and is expected to reach a valuation of US$3.7 bn in 2017.
The information presented in this review is based on the findings of a Transparency Market Research report, titled “Image Sensors Market - The U.S. Industry Analysis Market Share, Trends and Forecast, 2011 - 2017.”
The U.S. image sensors market has been segmented as:
The U.S. image sensors market is segmented as follows:
- CCD Image Sensors
- Linear Image Sensors
- CMOS Image Sensors
- NMOS Image Sensors
- INGAAS Image Sensors
- X-ray Image Sensors
- Portable Applications
- Medical Applications
- Toys and Astronomy
- Machine Vision Systems
- Document Scanning
- Automotive Applications