With new technological innovations invading the market rapidly, digital imaging equipment is being increasingly used in everyday life. More than just still cameras, new-age digital imaging systems find numerous applications in surveillance, security, broadcasting, machine vision, medical equipment, automobiles and other industries. Image sensors are the instruments that convert optical images into electronic signals. An image sensor is built with numerous photo-detectors called pixels which gather single particles of light or photons. The collected electrons are sent to a signal conditioning and processing unit. The electron charge is further output as voltage signal which is amplified before being supplied to the camera unit.
Image sensors can be classified in terms of technology into (charge couple devices) CCD image sensors and complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) image sensors. The key difference between CCD and CMOS sensors is the way they transfer the charge out of a pixel and into the camera circuitry. CCDs are manufactured using a sophisticated technique which facilitates transfer of charge across the chip without any distortion enabling creation of high quality sensors with light sensitivity and reliability. The output from the chip is in the form of analog voltage. Images produced by CCD image sensors are of high quality with low level of noise. The complexity of the CCD sensors is low and the processing speed is between moderate to high. CMOS sensor components can be efficiently integrated on a single chip using traditional manufacturing processes. The output of the chip is in the form of digital bits. CMOS image sensors are cheaper and easier to manufacture as compared to CCD image sensors. Processing speed of CMOS sensors is fast and sensitivity is low. These sensors however, are more vulnerable to noise than CCD sensors.
Image sensors are primarily incorporated in digital cameras and in various imaging devices used in media, industrial, medical and consumer applications. In automotive industry, small shutter image sensors are used for a number of applications such as blind spot sensors, for line tracking, air bag deployment and other important applications. CMOS image sensors are widely used for broadcast and video applications in high end cameras. These sensors can offer high frame rates at very high resolution. Such cameras can be used as video production cameras, slow motion cameras and sports assistance cameras. Image sensors can be used for high end security applications for aerial surveillance or public area monitoring. Sophisticated image sensors have critical utility in high end scientific applications such as molecule detection, live cell imaging, crystallography and microscopy. Custom designed image sensors are manufactured to assist in an array of medical applications such as endoscopy, dental X-ray, thorax X-ray, mammography and other such applications. The applications of image sensors in biometrics are majorly found in measurement of fingerprint patterns, hand and face geometry, palm prints, iris and retina patterns.
Some of the key drivers contributing to the growth of the image sensors market are the increasing demand for smaller pixel, cost effective imaging devices providing high resolution, rising concerns for security and surveillance in public places and huge demand for advanced cameras in smartphones and other mobile devices. Additionally, the rising demand for image sensors in biometrics, optical mice, video-conferencing applications, virtual keyboards and other such applications has largely contributed to the overall growth of global image sensors market. However, complex manufacturing process related to image sensors delivering high resolution and high rate of power consumption by CCD image sensors are some of the factors hindering the growth of global image sensors market.
Major players operating in the image sensors market emphasize on developing advanced imaging solutions that are smaller, power efficient and provide high quality output to capture a larger share of the highly competitive market. For instance, in February 2017, Sony Corporation announced the development of the industry’s first 3-layer stacked CMOS image sensor equipped with a DRAM for smartphones. Some of the key players in the global image sensors market are Sony Corporation, Canon, Inc., Panasonic Corporation, ST Microelectronics, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., OmniVision Technologies, Inc., Micron Technology, Inc. and Hamamatsu Photonics K.K.
Image Sensors Market Segmentation
- Security &Surveillance
- Consumer Electronics
- Rest of Europe
- South Korea
- Rest of Asia-Pacific
- South Africa
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates
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