Digital imaging set to soar
Jun 17, 2004
Fuelled by booming consumer demand for products that can capture images, such as digital still cameras and camera-enabled mobile phones, unit sales of image sensors are expected to nearly triple by 2008, iSuppli Corp. predicts.
The worldwide image-sensor market is forecasted to grow to 733 million units in 2008, up from 253 million units in 2003, according to iSuppli.
"New products-such as digital cameras that can capture video, cellular phones equipped with digital cameras that can send photographs via email and other imaging-based convergence products-have flooded the market, capturing the imagination of consumers," said Shyam Nagrani, principal analyst, consumer electronics, for iSuppli.
"At the heart of all digital-imaging products is the sensor, which was traditionally the Charge-Coupled Device (CCD). However, the advent of Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) sensors is revolutionizing the world of image capture."
The major application driving CMOS sensors will be camera phones followed by digital cameras, iSuppli predicts.