Samsung, ST grow market share in strong image sensor market

March 26, 2020 // By Peter Clarke
Samsung, ST grow market share in strong image sensor market
A strong second half of 2019 took the market for CMOS image sensors way above previous estimates by Yole Developpement. But in 2020 the coronavirus pandemic is expected to flatten growth, although by how much Yole is unsure.

The market analysis firm now thinks the CMOS image sensor market was worth $19.3 billion in 2019 up 25 percent on the year before. For 2020 the company is predicting a 7 percent growth figure taking the market to about $20.6 billion but said: "This number will be aggravated by the outbreak of Covid-19."

In the long term the CIS annual market growth will come below 10 percent within five years, Yold said.

Annual revenue growth for CMOS image sensors.
Source: Yole Developpement.

In 2019 the market leader continued to be Sony with 42 percent of the market over the year followed by Samsung with about 22 percent, according to Yole. That shows Sony maintaining its share while Samsung improves its share slightly at the expense of smaller players. Ranked third is Chinese vendor Omnivision with about 9 percent, slightly decreased from previous rankings. In fourth place is STMicroelectronics which increased its share in 2019 to about 7 percent.

Other players include On Semi, Panasonic, Canon and SK Hynix.

The spectacular growth for CMOS image sensor market came in the fourth quarter where it reached $5.75 billion, 17 percent above Yole's forecast. This was due to volume and ASP upsides in roughly equal measure.

Quarterly revenue for CMOS image sensors by company. Source: Yole Developpement.

The first two quarters of 2019 had both been below expectations because of smartphone market saturation and US-China trade tensions. The second half saw the release of multi-camera smartphones that re-ignited the market.

"What we cannot predict at Yole is the possibility of a systemic recession," commented Pierre Cambou, an analyst at Yole.

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