Sony is already leading the market when it comes to the primary image sensors in smart phones — but many shots these days are “selfies” taken with the lower-resolution secondary camera …and now Sony wants a piece of that action, Reuters reports.
Sony will 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, the news story says. “The Japanese firm said it will increase production of stacked CMOS sensors at two factories on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, while completing work on a factory in northwestern Japan it bought from Renesas Electronics.” The investment will allow Sony to raise production by 13 percent to 68,000 wafers a month by August 2015.
Sony currently supplies sensors for the main camera in Apple’s iPhone, Reuters adds, and the company leads Omnivision Technologies “whose sensors are mostly used in front-facing smartphone modules that typically have lower specifications than the main rear camera.”
There are also reported rumors that the company’s curved sensor design is already heading to phones as well.