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Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Camera Phones and Digital Still Cameras Driving Market for CMOS and CCDs, Reports In-Stat/MDR

The image sensor market has continued to show sharp growth over the past year, according to In-Stat/MDR (

Overall, the high-tech market research firm expects the image sensor market to grow at more than 30 percent annually in unit terms through 2008, due primarily to rapidly growing shipments of digital still cameras, camera phones and scanners.

According to Brian O'Rourke, a senior analyst with In-Stat/MDR, "Charge-Coupled Devices (CCDs) have benefited from the explosive growth of the digital still camera market, which nearly doubled in size from 2002 to 2003." Meanwhile, the market for Complimentary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) image sensors has grown primarily due to the rapid growth of camera phones, which have only been on the market since 2000, and in that time have grown to be the single most popular type of digital camera. "Compared to CCDs, CMOS sensors offer a lower price, less power consumption, and the ability to integrate other functions on chip," said O'Rourke. "These advantages are significant in the camera phone market. CMOS sensors have also been prized in other markets that emphasize low cost, including toy cameras, Web cameras and dual-mode cameras."

In-Stat/MDR has also found that:

-- Total unit shipments of CMOS image sensors will surpass CCDs for the first time in 2005.

-- CMOS image sensor shipments will grow at roughly seven times the rate of CCDs through 2008.

-- CCDs also continued to have success in markets where they have been entrenched for decades, including camcorders and security cameras. These markets represent high volumes, though the markets are beginning to mature.

-- In markets for linear image sensors, CCDs have been successful in high-speed applications such as digital copiers and flatbed scanners, while Contact Image Sensors (CIS) have been more popular in cost-sensitive applications, including fax machines and multifunction peripherals.

The report, "Image Sensors 2004: Camera Phones & Digital Still Cameras Drive Market for CMOS and CCDs" (#IN0401157MI), provides a complete review of the 2003 market for image sensors, as well as annual forecast numbers through 2008. CCD, CMOS and CIS market shares for each application, in both units and revenues, are provided annually for the entire forecast period. Profiles of the world's leading image sensor suppliers are also presented. To purchase this report, or for more information, please visit or contact Erin McKeighan at 480-609-4551; The report price is $3,495.

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