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Sony expects demand for CMOS image sensors to be used in high-end smartphones to remain strong in 2022

According to DigiTimes, Sony expects demand for CMOS image sensors (CIS) used in high-end smartphones to stay strong in 2022 despite a drop in global demand for low-end and mid-range smartphones, industry sources said.

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Sony will expand CIS capacity in 2023, but Sony executive vice president and chief financial officer Yuichi Oshima said that if sales of high-end smartphones in the second half of 2022 are lower than initially expected, Sony will delay expansion plans, the sources said.

Earlier, Teru Shimizu, president of Sony Semiconductor Solutions, a subsidiary of Sony’s semiconductor business, revealed that Sony will increase the production capacity of its main image sensor factory, the Nagasaki Plant.

Sony expects the advanced smartphone image sensor market to expand by about 10% annually through 2030. Sony will increase the investment in image sensor equipment by 200 billion yen from the original plan to 900 billion yen in the fiscal year 2023.

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