Smartphone shipments have been growing over the past few years, so so the demand for several components from handset makers has been growing, especially image sensors. The demand for CMOS image sensors, or CIS, by smartphones has increased about eightfold in the past decade, according to a report from Counterpoint Research. In 2019, the number exceeded 4.5 billion.
Despite expected a decline in smartphone shipments this year, shipments of CMOS image sensors are likely to rise to a record high, reaching nearly 5 billion this year, according to senior analyst Ethan Qi.
This may be because the manufacturer has matured the smartphone’s multi-camera system and 3D sensing sensors. Almost all smartphones that have recently been introduced have multi-camera layouts, most of which have three or four-camera configurations.
The data show that each smartphone shipped in the first quarter of this year contained an average of more than 3.5 image sensors. The four-camera portfolio of high-end smartphones also grew by about 20%.
Smartphone shipments are expected to drop sharply, given the current market situation due to the popularity of the new crown.