Image sensors will gain most from 3D media, says In-Stat

June 22, 2011 — Image sensors are a key enabling component for 3D consumer entertainment. As mobile devices — handheld game consoles, smartphones, and tablets — move to 3D platforms, image sensor demand will rise 130% by 2015, says In-Stat.

"True 3D requires at least 2 image sensors, one for each imaging solution," noted Jim McGregor, chief technology strategist at In-Stat ([email protected]). A full 3D experience integrates 2 front-facing and 2 rear-facing image sensors. Early examples of 4-image-sensor devices are out now, with competitors ramping through 2011 and 2012.
In 2011, handheld game consoles will be the first 3D-enabled mobile device to surpass 1 million units annually. Total annual shipments of 3D mobile devices will surpass 148 million units in 2015, incorporating multiple image sensors per device. Nearly 30% of all handheld game consoles will be 3D by 2015. By 2014, 18% of all tablets will be 3D.

In-Stat’s research report, "3D in Mobile Technology: Processors, Image Sensors, and Displays Drive the 3D Experience" (#IN1105069SI), part of In-Stat’s Mobile Technology service, examines 3D mobile media from the point of view of the image sensor, mobile processors, and display sectors. It covers 3D technology adoption, image sensor demand, and device reviews.

3D mobile products in this report:

Nintendo 3DS Handheld Game Console, Fuji FinePix REAL 3D, GoPro 3D HERO, Sony Bloggie 3D, ViewSonic 3DV5, LG Optimus/G-Slate Tablet, Origin EON15-3D Notebook PC, Toshiba Satellite A665-3DV Notebook PC, Fujitsu LIFEBOOK AH572 3D Notebook PC, HP Envy 17 3D Notebook PC, ASUS G51 Jx 3DE Notebook PC, Lenovo IdeaPad Y560d, Dell XPS 17 3D and Alienware M17x 3D, LG Optimus 3D, HTC EVO 3D Handset, and Sharp’s Galapagos 003SH and 005SH Handset

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In-Stat’s market intelligence combines technical, market and end-user research and database models to analyze the Mobile Internet and Digital Entertainment ecosystems. The NPD Group recently acquired In-Stat.

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