According to a report released by IC Insights, affected by the pandemic, sales of CMOS image sensors are expected to decline this year, which will be the first decline in the past 10 years. However, the report also stated that there will be a rebound next year and a record high may appear.
The report pointed out that CMOS image sensors are the fastest growing semiconductor product category in the past decade due to the stimulation of applications such as smartphones. From 2010 to 2019, CMOS image sensor sales increased fourfold, reaching $18.4 billion last year .
It is worth noting that CMOS image sensors have set sales records for nine consecutive years. However, the IC Insights report believes that this situation will end in 2020. Due to the pandemic, the sales of CMOS image sensors will fall by 4%.
According to the latest report released by IC Insights, CMOS image sensors will drop to $17.8 billion in 2020 after a surge of 30% in 2019, and then rebound by 15% to $20.4 billion in 2021.
In addition, the report also pointed out that in the past ten years, the compound annual growth rate of CMOS image sensor sales was 16.9%, from $4.5 billion in 2009 to $18.4 billion in 2019.
The report also pointed out that in the early ten to fifteen years of this century, the growth of CMOS image sensors was mainly driven by smart phones, but as the smart phone market is saturated, this growth trend is slowing, and the development of embedded digital imaging systems will set off a new round of growth, including cameras for automotive security, ADAS, machine vision, medical applications, facial recognition, etc. The most important thing is that More and more high-resolution CMOS image sensors will also be used in smartphones.