CMOS Sensors Shortage Possible: IHS

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El Segundo, Calif. - Almost 20 percent of CMOS sensor supplies have been impacted by last month's earthquake in Japan.

IHS iSuppli reported that Toshiba and Sony, which together comprise 11.8 percent and 7.3 percent of the worldwide CMOS revenue had manufacturing facilities in the earthquake zone.

CMOS censors are primarily used in cell phones and other devices where the camera is a secondary use function.

One bit of bright news is CCD manufacturing as not been hit by the natural disaster as the primary CCD production facilities are located outside of Japan or areas that were not affected by the earthquake.

However, IHS said this situation could change. Particularly, if the basic materials used in CCD production come from the sections of Japan where power outages and transportation issues are disrupted.

Pamela Tufegdzic, CE analyst for IHS iSuppli, said Toshiba's Iwate Image Sensor fab was expected to be back online by the end of March with production ramping back up in April, but as of April 14 she was not sure what level of operation was available.

She added, Sony has said its CMOS shipments will be delayed, but did not say whether it was due to damage to the factories or because of transportation delays in Japan.


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