ALBANY, NY /PRNewswire/ -- According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research titled "Image Sensors Market—The U.S. Industry Analysis Market Share, Trends and Forecast, 2011–2017", the U.S. image sensors market was worth $2.0 billion in 2011 and is forecasted to reach $3.7 billion in 2017 at a CAGR of 11.1% from 2011 to 2017. The linear image sensors segment accounted for the largest share—84.2%—of the U.S. image sensors market at $1.7 billion in 2011. The x-ray image sensors market segment will have the fastest revenue growth at a CAGR of 18.8% during 2011–2017. U.S. complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor shipments reached 464 million units in 2011, registering a growth of 27.6% over 2010.
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Image sensors are broadly categorized under CCD image sensors (area image sensor), linear image sensors, and x-ray image sensors. Linear image sensors are further segmented into CMOS image sensors, NMOS image sensors, and InGaAs image sensors. The linear image sensors command the largest share of shipment and revenue, largely due to CMOS image sensors, which account for more than 90% of the linear image sensor market.
Growing technological advancement and faster adoption of new-generation mobile technology has spurred the demand for high resolution imaging technology. With nationwide mobile penetration inching toward 100%, mobile phone manufacturers are introducing a new array of imaging-enabled products. Current differentiators for imaging in mobile technology are low cost, low power, high performance, and small size. Increasing integration and low-power operation has opened new application segments for image sensors.
CMOS image sensors facilitate large-scale integration and can enable a single chip to accommodate all camera functions, which eliminates the need for additional support packaging and assembly; thus lowering cost. Market players are progressively providing higher levels of integration by incorporating digital signal processing, as well as integrated signal processing. Other groundbreaking features, such as multiple color filters that allow JPEG image conversion on the sensor, are also supporting market growth.
Continuously growing varieties and forms of sensors used in handsets, tablets, and motion-based image sensor applications are becoming more sophisticated and elegant, moving further than screen rotation. The blending of signals of various sensors is facilitating the faster, smoother, and precise description of motion in mobile devices. This accuracy is well matched for novel applications, including gaming, augmented reality, and motion-based Web browsing.
Image sensor prices have shown a downward trend over the past few years and are expected to have a similar trend over the next few years. The average selling price per unit of overall image sensors in the U.S. stood at $3.9 in 2011. Average cost per unit for CMOS image sensors in the same year was $3.5, whereas average cost of CCD image sensors was $8.3 per unit.
The report presents detailed analysis and forecast for the U.S. image sensors market, based on the following segmentation:
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