Sony Invests $345 Million In Image Sensor Production Effort To Address Smartphone Market
The company said that it would invest $345 million to "increase production of image sensors for smartphones and tablets, as the company courts handset makers to get more orders for front-facing camera sensors." Sony is a major supplier of camera modules for other smartphone makers; even if you don't own a Sony smartphone, there's a chance that the camera sensor was developed by the company. In fact, the iPhone uses a Sony camera sensor.
As demand grows, it'll up production of stacked CMOS sensors in two Japanese factories, enabling it to boost production by 13 percent by August of next year. It's unclear what smartphone makers are pining for Sony's sensors, but it's obvious that a few OEMs are champing at the bit. Of course, with a rumored large-screen iPhone 6 on the horizon, it could be that Apple's future orders are driving this as well.