Korean Companies Working to Expand CIS Business

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KoreaHerald reports that Samsung and Hynix are increasing their efforts to expand their image sensor market share:

"President Moon Jae-in most recently ordered immediate measures to raise the domestic semiconductor industry’s competitiveness in the non-memory field at a state affairs meeting, saying, “Measures are needed to reduce the country’s overreliance on the memory chip market.”

Japan’s Sony leads the image sensor market. [Samsung] comes second in the image sensor market after Sony with about 30 percent share as of last year.

SK hynix, the second-largest player in the global memory market after Samsung, has so far remained silent about its non-memory business, shy of revealing the reality of its small business in the image sensor market.

According to market researcher TSR, the company claimed a 9.9 percent market share in the first quarter of 2018. But its image sensor sales -- at 800 billion won ($706 million) -- accounted for a mere 1 percent of the company’s total sales last year.

SK Hynix company blog reviews the latest development in smartphone imaging, mostly quoting other Korean companies:

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