SAN FRANCISCO—After falling by 19 percent in 2009, sales of image
sensors will grow by 31 percent in 2010, reaching a new record of $8.5
billion, according to projections from market research firm IC Insights
The 2009 decline was the worst suffered by image sensors since the 2001
semiconductor recession, when the market segment fell by 24 percent, IC
Insights (Scottsdale, Ariz.) said. The projected 31 percent increase in
2010 would be the biggest sales jump for image sensors since 2004, when
the market surged by 76 percent, according to the firm.
The projected growth of image sensors in 2010 is being driven by
recovering demand for digital cameras, camera phones and machine-vision
systems, according to IC Insights. CMOS-based image sensors are expected
to account for about 61 percent of image sensor sales in 2010, compared
with 39 percent for charge-coupled devices (CCD), according to the 2010
version of IC Insights' IC Optoelectronics, Sensors and Discretes
(O-S-D) Report. The new report's forecast shows CMOS image sensors sales
rising 34 percent in 2010 to a record-high $5.2 billion from nearly
$3.9 billion in 2009, when revenues fell 16 percent due to the economic
recession, IC Insights said.
Between 2009 and 2014, CMOS image sensor sales are projected to increase
at a 17 percent compound average growth rate, reaching $8.3 billion in
the final year of the forecast period, IC Insights said.
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CCD image sensor sales are forecast to rise 27 percent in 2010 to $3.3
billion after falling 24 percent in 2009 to $2.6 billion, IC Insights
said. CCDs, which continue to dominate digital still cameras, video
camcorders, scanners and other machine imaging applications, are
expected to set a new sales record in 2011, when dollar volumes reach
nearly $3.7 billion and exceed the current annual peak of $3.5 billion
set in 2006, according to the firm. The 2010
O-S-D Report forecasts that CCD sales will grow at an 8 percent CAGR
in the five-year forecast period, reaching $3.8 billion in 2014.
Total image sensor sales continue to be the largest segment in the
optoelectronics market., IC Insights said In 2009, image sensor revenues
accounted for 35 percent of the $18.3 billion optoelectronics market,
followed by solid-state lamp devices (primarily LEDs), which represented
31 percent of the sales total, according to the O-S-D Report.
By 2014, total LED sales will be roughly equal to image sensors at $12.1
billion, based on the report's forecast.