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Sony Benefits From Acquisition of Toshiba's CMOS Image Sensor Business

Published: 15 January 2016

ID: G00295247

Analyst(s): Hiroyuki Shimizu

Summary

Toshiba's impending sale to Sony of its CMOS image sensor business, which includes a 300 mm wafer production line at the Oita fab, will allow Sony to strengthen its image sensor business by acquiring production capacity as well as Toshiba's customers.

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  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Sony can expand CIS production capacity quickly, and be ready for increasing demand from dual-camera smartphones, wearable devices, surveillance cameras and automotive applications
  • Sony will get 44% market share in the CIS market (based on 2014 market share); since it also invested to expand capacity in 2015, Sony will further consolidate its No. 1 position
  • Sony will gain a better position in the automotive market by acquiring Toshiba's customers, although Sony will still rank behind competitors in the ADAS market, On Semiconductor and OmniVision Technologies

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