CAMERA MODULE - TECHNOLOGIES


Compact camera module market: the access to technology is key

OUTLINES:

  • The Compact Camera Module (CCM) market will more than double in the next five years, reaching US$  by 2020.
  • Thanks to explosive growth, automotive will soon be the second-largest application.
  • The CCM industry is quickly adapting to changing market needs.
  • Critical technology shifts (3D, Computional, Motion, Infrared) are ahead of us, with the camera module ultimately becoming the hub for multi-sensing.

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LYON, France – October 28, 2015: “Critical technology shifts including 3D, computational, motion, infrared (IR) are ahead of us, with the camera module ultimately becoming the hub for multi-sensing,” says Pierre Cambou, Activity Leader at Yole Développement (Yole).Yole reveals its vision of the Compact Camera Module (CCM) industry in its first technology and market analysis dedicated to the CCM world. This report is entitled Camera Module Industry report and is based on both “bottom-up” and “top-down” methodologies.
With the camera module industry report, The “More than Moore” market research and strategy consulting company confirms its strategic positioning and discloses a new step towards a better understanding of this imaging industry and its technical evolution.
The camera module industry report from Yole, provides market data on key CCM metrics and dynamics (revenue forecast, volume shipments and sub-component breakdown by application), detailed market shares, a strong application focus on the key CIS growth areas (mobile, automotive, medical, security, machine vision …).
This analysis also proposes an overview of key technical insight, the future technology trends and challenges. 

Access to technology is key in the CCM industry. At the image sensor level, access to Sony’s state-of-the-art 3D stacked sensors is a prerequisite for high-end, high-resolution modules. The integration of Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF) is another key technology feature. Most CMOS Image Sensors (CIS) vendors are quickly closing the technology gap with Sony, but as the investments get larger and larger only the biggest companies will be able to compete.
One key on-going technology shift for high-end CCM is the integration of Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) functionality. This critical feature is mainly provided by Korean and Japanese Voice Coil Motors (VCM) manufacturers. The high demand for VCM technology means stronger negotiating power for players with access to it. Other propositions using wafer-level techniques are being scrutinized. The Camera Module Industry report discusses the pros and cons of alternative Auto Focus (AF) & OIS technologies.

Under this new CCM analysis, Yole proposes a technical analysis of each application including current and future technology trends. In the automotive sector for example, forward facing cameras are increasing in complexity. Yole’s experts detail several examples:
   •   Volvo equips all of its cars with the City Safety triple camera system. It has announced that its future system will implement a stereo and central camera.
   •   Subaru Eyesight (from Fuji Heavy Industry) is a stereo camera system that equips most vehicles of the brand sold in Japan.
   •   …

CCM’s future will also include new sensor types that serve not only sensing but also video and photography. “Many developments are currently underway, especially for 3D” explains Pierre Cambou from Yole. “The smartphone revolution is not yet 10 years old and the action sports camera revolution is not even three years old,” he adds. The imaging industry is digesting waves of innovation at a pace unseen anywhere else. The sensing revolution, including computational imaging techniques, will probably be next to occur.

Yole’s report, Camera Module Industry, covers market and technology insights for successfully navigating this changing landscape. A detailed table of content as well as list of companies are available on i-micronews.com, imaging reports section.