Industry Chain Overview
Camera Chipset Manufacturer
Camera technology has always been an important feature in mobile phones especially nowadays smartphones. As more and more mobile phone brands put particular emphasis on the phone camera when introducing their flagship phones, so it seems worthwhile to dive on into the world of camera sensors and take a look at who is building the best and most popular products.
one of the biggest and well-know chipset supplier is Sony which has a long legacy in the image sensor market and has been at the forefront of mobile camera technology for a number of years. The company accounted for roughly 40 percent of all smartphone image sensors in 2014.
OmniVision is another big name in the smartphone image sensor business, but you're more likely to find its products in the low and mid-tier markets, rather than high-end smartphones. In a separate bid to cater to the high end market, OmniVision has been pushing its 13MP PureCel design. This is a slightly larger image sensor with bigger 1.3um pixels to capture more light for better looking images.
Toshiba is another large company with a strong legacy in the mobile camera business. Typically, Toshiba produces 13 and 8 megapixel sensors for smartphones and also has a 20 megapixel sensor for the high-end market. Toshiba was looking to focus on providing sensors to Chinese smartphone manufacturers.
SK Hynix, a South Korean semiconductor supplier, is also a key player in the low cost smartphone camera market. Much like its competitors, the company produces a range of sensors and its 8 and 13 megapixel option are moving popular in mainstream handsets and it is focusing its operations in the growing Chinese market.
Samsung has tried its hand at producing many key smartphone technologies itself and is also in the image sensor game. Although not as large of an operation as Sony, Samsung has been attempting to grow its image sensor and camera module businesses.
We introduce five main camera chipset manufacturers above, however, there are many other suppliers in the image sensor business, even more and more mobile phone manufacturers produce their own lens modules or sensors. Below list many main camera chipset manufacturers.