An image sensor is a sensor that detects & conveys the information that forms an image. It converts the variable shrinking of light waves into signals; small explodes of current that convey the information. The waves can be light or electromagnetic radiation. It includes millions of photosensitive diodes, called photo sites. These sensors are used in electronic imaging procedures of digital & analog types such as camera modules, digital cameras, medical imaging equipment, night vision equipment, for instance, thermal imaging devices, sonar, radar, and others.
According to the 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 major companies that are currently working in the 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, the 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). A 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 a passive pixel image sensor and active pixel image sensor. Based on components, the market is segmented into wire bonds, sensor chip, cover glass, contact pads, and package. Based on the 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, the market is segmented into linear and non-linear. Based on the processing type, the market is segmented into 2D or two-dimensional image sensors and 3D or three-dimensional image sensors. Based on the spectrum, the market is segmented into the visible spectrum and non-visible spectrum. Visible spectrum possesses high resolution & capture full-color pictures with less power consumption. Non-visible the spectrum includes x-ray light and infrared non-visible spectrum. In addition, based on the mode of application, the 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 image sensor market is primarily driven by an increase in usage of webcams & digital cameras, followed by a rise in the usage of image sensors in medical applications, growth in adoption of dual camera mobile phones & other smartphones and rise in surveillance & security concerns. However, the decline in demand of still camera, high maintenance costs of image sensors and dynamic nature of semiconductor industry may impact the market. Moreover, growth in gaming devices (specially associated with virtual reality), rise in digitalization and increase in innovations in technologies are key opportunities for the market.
Based on geography, the North-American region holds the major share in the image sensor market owing to the rise in demand from consumer electronics applications including smartphones & tablets, cameras, wearable electronics, and computers in the region. The Asian-Pacific and European regions are estimated to witness higher growth rate due to growth in demand for improved medical imaging solutions over the forecast period. In upcoming years, it is probable that the global image sensor market will be developed quickly on account of rising in need for minor pixel devices and stringent safety-related mandates during the forecast period.
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