An image sensor detects & conveys the information that forms an image. It converts the variable shrinking of light waves into signals, small currents are used for conveying the information. The waves used are the light or the electromagnetic radiations. The image sensors are widely used in the electronic imaging procedures for the digital & analog types primarily comprise of camera modules, digital cameras, medical imaging equipment, and night vision equipment for instance thermal imaging devices, sonar, radar and others.
According to study, “Global Image Sensor Market Size Study, By Application (Consumer Electronics, Security and Surveillance, Industrial/Defense, Automotive and Medical) By Technology (CMOS and CCD), By Processing Type (2D Image sensor and 3D image sensor), and Regional Forecasts, 2017-2025 (USD Billion/Million)” some of the key companies associated are global image sensor market are Canon Inc., Aptina Imaging Corporation, Omnivision Technologies Inc., Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., CMOSIS N.V., Toshiba Corporation, Ambarella, Fastree 3D SA, Hamammatsu, Himax, STMicroelectronics N.V, ON Semiconductor Corporation, Sony Corporation, AMS, Panasonic Corp., Sharp, PixArt Imaging Inc., Galaxy Core Inc., Airy3D, SK Hynix, Sharp, Teledyne DALSA Inc., PixelPlus.
Based on technology, global image sensor market is segmented into Charge-Coupled Device (CCD), CIS (contact image sensor), Complementary Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor (CMOS), hybrid image sensor, and others (Silicon & Diode Array). CCD image sensor is further sub-segmented into frame transfer CCD image sensor and interlines transfer CCD image sensor. CMOS image sensor is further sub-segmented into passive pixel image sensor and active pixel image sensor. Based on components, market is segmented into wire bonds, sensor chip, cover glass, contact pads and package. Based on optical format, the market is segmented into 1/5.9 to 1/4 inch image sensor, 1/10 to 1/6 inch image sensor and 1/3.9 to 1/2 inch image sensor.
Based on linearity, market is segmented into linear and non-linear. The processing type segment includes 2D and 3D image sensors. The spectrum segments include non-visible spectrum and visible spectrum has high resolution & capture full color pictures with less power consumption. Non-visible spectrum includes x-ray light and infrared non-visible spectrum. In addition, based on mode of application, market is segmented into security & surveillance, automotive, medical (x-ray imaging, endoscopy, artificial retina, wireless capsule endoscopy, external observation, laboratory equipment), consumer electronics (wearable, desktops & laptops, residential surveillance, biometrics, toys, service robots, commercial drone, photography & videography) and industrial & defense.
The global image sensor market is driven by increase in usage of webcams & digital cameras followed by significant medical applications, increase in adoption of dual camera mobile phones and smart phones with the increase in surveillance and the security concerns. Apart from the major advantages, some of market restraints such as declining demand of camera, high maintenance costs with the supporting image sensors with dynamic nature associated to the semiconductor industry. In addition, the key opportunity associated with the market growth include gaming devices (specially associated with virtual reality), growing digitalization and increase in innovations for the technologies.
Over the forecast period global image sensor market is expected to develop significantly due to the increase in need of minor pixel devices providing the high resolution with commercial approach.
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