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Sony to Boost Smartphone Camera Sensor Production

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Jul 23, 2014, 1:02 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Sony plans to make a large investment its in imaging business and will increase production of CMOS sensors for mobile devices. The company will spend as much as $345 million to improve the capacity of its sensor-making facilities. Sony has already purchased several new manufacturing plants. The company currently makes about 60,000 sensors a month. It will improve those yields to 68,000 by August 2015 and eventually 75,000 by the end of 2015. Sony makes CMOS sensors for its own smartphones and tablets, but also for other manufacturers, such as Apple.

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Jul 23, 2014, 7:33 PM


Before I go into 1984 mode, what is the purpose of improving these camera sensors? For face detection? $345 million just seems a little much...
Sony is improving the facilities that MAKE the camera sensors i.e. more output.

The article says nothing about improving the camera sensors themselves (although they more than likely are making advancements in that area).
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