1.4 There's More to the Picture Than Meets the Eye, and in the future it will only become more so

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Abstract

One of the fastest growing markets in the semiconductor industry is being driven by businesses in the solid-state imaging sector. An overview of the world-wide CIS (CMOS Image Sensor) market is illustrated in Figure 1.4.1. The actual CAGR (compound annual growth rate) from 2010 until 2019 was 15.2% in units and 16.9% in sales, while the forecasted CAGR from 2019 until 2024F is 11.5% in units and 7.2% in sales. Existing DRAM fabrication facilities are being converted into CIS manufacturing plants to cope with the increasing demand for CMOS image sensors [1]. Despite a small 4% drop in revenue, and nearly flat unit growth due to the disruptions caused by COVID-19 in 2020, in 2024F the CIS sector expects a record high of 26.1B and 11B units/year [2]. A simple calculation shows that over the course of 2020 (6.3B units, 18.2B), globally 200 image sensors are being produced every second at an average price of 2.9. Realizing this scale of production by the end of 2020 will require a total of 5.4M wafers (300mm diameter), which is equivalent to a silicon area of 76 soccer fields!

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference, ISSCC 2021 - Digest of Technical Papers
Pages30-35
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728195490
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event2021 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference, ISSCC 2021 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 13 Feb 202122 Feb 2021

Publication series

NameDigest of Technical Papers - IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference
Volume64
ISSN (Print)0193-6530

Conference

Conference2021 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference, ISSCC 2021
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco
Period13/02/2122/02/21

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