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How Sony's Discontinuation of CCD Image Sensors Will Impact the Electronics Industry

Published: 15 October 2015

ID: G00278481

Analyst(s): Hiroyuki Shimizu

Summary

Sony has decided to discontinue CCD image sensor products by 2020 (production will be ended in 2017). Many electronics companies, especially industrial electronics companies, will be significantly impacted. This research analyzes what electronics companies should do in light of this decision.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • As Sony's CCD image sensors are discontinued, electronics manufacturers will need to decide whether to move to other companies' CCD image sensors or to use CMOS image sensors
  • Total CCD image sensor production capacity will significantly decrease after Sony's withdrawal due to Sony's majority market share; electronics companies will see prices increase among the remaining manufacturers as the supply to the total market is restricted
  • With Sony's CCD discontinuation, demands of CMOS image sensors from industrial markets that mainly use CCD due to less noise and relatively better sensitivity (such as for surveillance cameras and medical equipment) will increase as most of them move to CMOS image sensors

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