Interesting move for Sony. With thirty percent market share, one wonders what they're looking for out of CMOS. They're struggling in a number of markets, perhaps this is their way of hedging their bets.
Sony's CMOS image sensors are designed into not only Apple's products but some of those by Samsung. In fact, when it comes to the higher megapixel CMOS image sensors (above 8 megapixels) Sony practically owns the market. Considering the CMOS image sensors are featured in not just smartphones, but also tablets and many more in automotive, I can easily imagine, I can easily imagine their production capacity is becoming an important factor.
@Junko: Quality of the output color is key factor. Sony CMOS image sensor output is so vivid and wonderful. Sony can have much bigger market share. However, it is very difficult for small or medium scale company to get its product.
and Pixim was acquired by Sony a couple of years ago so perhaps this new technology will result end up in some big products over the next year or two. Pixim targeted Security Cameras but the wide dynamic range of the technology can be applied to the entire range of imaging applications...
Renesas' Tsuruoka fab was initially rumored to be sold to TSMC before Renesas became the Japanese government-owned company. Selling the fab to any company is much better than shutting it down, considering all the cost involved in closing a fab. Expect a bargain deal Sony may be getting here...
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