When a Sony chief blurted that his company would be providing sensors for the next iPhone’s camera it was ever so slightly an un-truth. It wasn’t a straight up lie, but the Japanese manufacturer won’t be producing the majority of the sensors. According to DigiTimes OmniVision has won the license to produce 90% of the cameras. Sony – it seems – is a backup.
OmniVision has grabbed a majority of total CMOS image sensor (CIS) orders placed by Apple for the fifth-generation iPhone, market sources have claimed. Meanwhile, power amplifier (PA) supplier Avago Technologies has landed orders for the WCDMA version of the device for its first time, according to the sources. About 90 percent of the CIS orders for Apple’s new iPhone will be supplied by OmniVision, while Sony takes up the remainder, the sources said. The upcoming device will feature a built-in 8-megapixel camera, the sources added. TSMC will use BSI (backside illumination) process technology at its Fab 14 to produce CISs used in the new version of iPhone, the sources revealed.
The new sensors are said to be thinner than previous versions. The 8 megapixel sensor could also be capable of shooting 1080p video.