These are all pretty optimistic views. This level of activity meshes with the reports of new hiring activity, where companies are leading off by hiring engineers. I'll be looking forward to the first article about the lack of supply of engineers in one industry or another. My bet is that aerospace or defense will be the first.
With regards to the CMOS image chips, I certainly hope that we see an improvement in dynamic range and sensitivity over cmos chips... The last couple camera's that I've played with have been disappointing.