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Market Trends Analysis and Growth Factors for U.S. Image Sensors

Image Sensors Market - The U.S. Industry Analysis Market Share, Trends and Forecast, 2011 – 2017


Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/19/2016 -- Image sensors find applications in a myriad of industries, from toys to automotive to machine vision. For this reason, the U.S. image sensor market is segmented based on applications for a more meticulous study. These segments collectively provide a basis on which the market can be studied in greater detail, with specific insights about the growth projections and market shares. Furthermore, the report covers in detail the strategies that are adopted by leading companies in the U.S. image sensor market.

This report offers forward-looking insights on each important category within the U.S. image sensors market and helps market players chalk out their sales forecast for all major regions in the United States. Moreover, an analysis of the market shares of competing players forms an integral part of this report.


Image sensors detect and convey data about an optical image by converting it into an electric signal. Image sensors are ubiquitous by their presence in everyday items such as mobile phones, digital cameras toys, as well as more complex objects such as weapons and spacecraft. There are a myriad of market forces in the United States that augur well for the growth of the image sensor market.

Broadly, imaging sensors can be categorized as: Linear image sensors, CCD/area image sensors, and X-ray image sensors. Linear image sensors segment can be further split into CMOS, NMOS and InGaAs image sensors. This segment is the largest in the U.S. image sensors market with an 84.2% share as of 2011. Much of this market share that liner image sensors boast can be credited to CMOS image sensors, which constituted over 90% of the market for linear image sensors in 2011. The low cost of CMOS production is the reason behind its widespread adoption, especially in the mobile phones segment. As mobile phone penetration in the United States is on the brink of reaching the coveted 100% mark, the future looks promising for CMOS-based image sensors.

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The report also segments the U.S. image sensors market on the basis of applications into: Medical applications, portable applications, document scanning, machine vision systems, toys and astronomy, and automobile applications. Of these, portable applications formed the largest segment in the U.S. image sensors market in 2011, and were trailed by the toys and astronomy segment. The use of image sensors in the automotive industry is on an upswing supported by the many safety and performance regulations that have come into force in various countries worldwide.

In the context of the CMOS image sensors market, mobile handsets comprise the largest application. More than 75% of all CMOS image sensors shipments were for the mobile handsets industry as of 2011. It is expected that by 2017, CCD technology will see a dramatic dip in its market share, falling from an appreciable 14% in 2011 to a meager 1.3% by 2017.

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