Samsung has set its sights on increasing its image sensor output in the near future. The ambitious undertaking seeks to topple Sony to become the biggest producer of image sensors in the market.
Samsung is reportedly converting its plant in Hwasung – which is currently producing DRAM chips – to churn out image sensors. It is said that the conversion process is scheduled to be done by the end of the year. ETnews states that once everything is set up, Samsung will increase its capacity from 45,000 units per month to 120,000 units.
In contrast, Sony – which controls 50% of the market has a production capacity of 100,000 units per month.
Samsung’s decision seems to be a sign of confidence in its image sensor technologies. After all, Samsung is only the second company after Sony that is producing stacked image sensors. The technology enables for high frame rate capture of up to 960 fps as seen on Sony’s Xperia XZ2 and Samsung Galaxy S9 smartphones.
As the usage of image sensors continues to increase, it will be a lucrative business for companies to join in. Therefore, it looks like competition will continue to heat up as Sony and Samsung will compete to become the more dominant firm in the image sensor production.