Terushi Shimizu, CEO of Sony Semiconductor, revealed in an interview recently that the company will continue to actively expand the CIS market to maintain its leading position.

According to Shimizu, Sony Semiconductor has captured the majority of the smartphone market due to innovations in back-illuminated, stacked CMOS image sensors. The division is expected to achieve 1.44 trillion yen in revenue in the fiscal year ending March 2023, accounting for 13% of Sony Group's total revenue.

Despite the current downturn in the smartphone market, Shimizu believes that even if the smartphone market has peaked, there will be 1.2 to 1.3 billion units sold each year, and each phone uses 3 to 4 CISs, resulting in a market of about 5 billion units per year.

The report pointed out that Sony Semiconductor's Nagasaki factory is currently undergoing a second expansion to meet the demand for CIS for high-end smartphones. In addition, the company is actively expanding more application markets, industrial control and security are also areas of concern for the company, while automotive CIS is the future focus.