Production of Sony CMOS image sensors for Apple iPhone and other handsets disrupted by earthquakes
posted by Alan F. / Apr 17, 2016, 10:48 AM
Besides extending the temporary shutdown of the Kumamoto plant, Sony is also forced to close part of its factory in Nagasaki. That plant also is involved in the production of smartphone image sensors. Sony does not have a date scheduled for the full resumption of activities at this location.
Sony will still be able to ship some CMOS image sensors that it has in inventory. Those parts will be enough to keep the market from getting disrupted by the earthquakes according to a Sony official. The same spokesman added that an announcement will be made if delays are expected. He mentioned that Sony hopes to get the plants back online as soon as the aftershocks end. These facilities usually operate around the clock.
Sony has a 40% global market share of the CMOS image sensor business. The sensors made by Sony are integrated circuits that convert light into electricity, and a long disruption of Sony's production would have a big impact on smartphone manufacturing. Samsung, the world's largest smartphone manufacturer, already uses more than one supplier of image sensors and says that production of its flagship phones will not be disrupted.
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Japan and Ecuador were struck by earthquakes. Thoughts and prayers to you guys. Sad day indeed :(
posted on Apr 17, 2016, 10:53 AM 22
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Oems despite competition should rally behind each other in times of need and help each other.. Because they need each other in mobile and technological components
posted on Apr 17, 2016, 11:35 AM 4
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Now you see any Samsung uses both Sony and Samsung manufactured sensors. It's not do with quality, but rather a question of quantity and avoiding situations like this.
posted on Apr 17, 2016, 11:18 AM 1
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Stay strong Japan. Your resilience will make you recover from the disaster.
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A donation is more useful for them that mere words telling to stay strong.
posted on Apr 17, 2016, 12:34 PM 3
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Poor Japan... God be with you.
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Its all japan deeds for killing whale!! Gods always do justice!!..they are taking gods created life form so does the gods taking them..
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I pray Maria Ozawa is just fine.
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