Production of Sony CMOS image sensors for Apple iPhone and other handsets disrupted by earthquakes

Production of Sony CMOS image sensors for Apple iPhone and other handsets disrupted by earthquakes
Damage from earthquakes that hit southern Japan on Thursday and Saturday are preventing Sony from opening its plant in Kumamoto. This is a factory that produces CMOS image sensors for smartphone cameras such as the ones found on the Apple iPhone. The factory will remain shuttered as the electronics company tries to determine how much of an impact the quakes have had on the manufacturing capabilities of the facility.

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.

source: Reuters

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25 Comments

1. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Japan and Ecuador were struck by earthquakes. Thoughts and prayers to you guys. Sad day indeed :(

5. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

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

7. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Apple won't do that. They do not support any OEM. Only themselves.

15. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Yes only apple thinks of themselves... Geez dude you are seriously delusional if you think only apple is like that.

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Earthquakes are really scary, Prayers of safety to the affected areas.

3. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

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.

11. Subie

Posts: 2364; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Production delays will be sorted out sooner then later, and yet are insignificant compared to the value of the lives that have been lost.

4. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Stay strong Japan. Your resilience will make you recover from the disaster.

9. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

A donation is more useful for them that mere words telling to stay strong.

13. Bjray

Posts: 199; Member since: May 29, 2014

Why not both? ;)

18. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I'm already doing my part as a volunteer. Just because I said those words it doesn't mean I'm not walking the talk. Jesus, internet is so nitpicky with every details.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31041; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nature can be so brutal, hope there's no more lives lost from those quakes.

8. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Poor Japan... God be with you.

10. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Amen!

12. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Bit late to be asking for God don't u think?

14. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

It's never to late, there is still thousands out there who suffer from the after damage of the earthquake so it's never to late to ask from God.

16. BobLawblaw unregistered

We know all too well about how destructive an earthquake is here in Christchurch New Zealand. It's the scariest thing I've ever experienced..

17. lakeswolf

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

Its all japan deeds for killing whale!! Gods always do justice!!..they are taking gods created life form so does the gods taking them..

19. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Thailand is evil that's why they had tsunami, Philippines is cursed so god gave them yolanda, America is an asshole so they had Katrina yada yada yada. Ok lake we get your superstition crap.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31041; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The Emperor is evil, so God destroyed both of his Death Stars.

21. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

I hope they're alright.

22. Boybawang

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

I pray Maria Ozawa is just fine.

23. gaming64

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

Seriously, dude, don't make this a f*cking joke. I know your a Filipino just by looking at your username. I'm a Filipino too but please take lives more seriously.

24. lakeswolf

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

Hmm gaming64 i thnk u should keep ur username sherlock holmes/ nostradamus instead of some gaming crap,i guess your prediction is more crap thn ur username!!

25. lakeswolf

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

In japan bcs of natural calamities evryone is gvng condolences what abt al middle east wch is nearly abt to vanish ,more destroyed by human being! Arent you people flng pity for them?

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