Gartner Research

Wearable Devices Offer Additional Market Opportunities for Image Sensor Vendors

Published: 10 September 2014

ID: G00259477

Analyst(s): Hiroyuki Shimizu

Summary

Wearable devices such as smartglasses and smartwatches are expected to be the driver of the semiconductor industry in the future. As well as communication ASSPs, memory and power management chips, unit shipments of image sensors will also increase as a result.

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  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Some wearable devices such as smartglasses and smartwatches will feature cameras, creating new opportunities for image sensor companies
  • Various types of wearable devices are being developed by many companies, none of which has yet gained considerable share in this market
  • Increases in image sensor orders could pressurize manufacturing capacity, but it is not yet known if demand will be sustainable over the long term — especially in the consumer market

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