Sony Corp. will boost production of CMOS image sensors from current monthly production capacity of 88,000 wafers in 300mm including those produced by the third party consigned partners to 100,000 wafers per month by March 2018. Demand for the image sensors are mounting for smartphone cameras, digital cameras and on vehicle cameras. As smartphones popular in China are getting feature-driven especially camera features to take better photos that most users post their photos on their SNS sites such as Instagram and Facebook. In China, dual camera models are getting popular with a high-quality front camera as well as the main cameras to take better selfie pictures. In order to take better selfies, the quality of the front camera is getting important. Image sensors are being used now to detect color wavelength or depth information that the human eyes cannot recognize, to be mounted on cars and for IoT devices. Sony will absorb such demand for industrial use to sell 680 billion worth sensors for fiscal 2017 ending March 2018 and its semiconductor business including LSI chips to sell 880 billion yen with profit in operation to 120 billion yen from 7.8 billion loss in the previous year.
Nikon Corp. will be boosting the production of its of display panels for smartphones and televisions in its factories in Japan. The company has decided to thrust the production as its competition in China and other Asian countries are aggressively investing in the development of high resolution LCD panels and OLED panels. The company has established additional production facilities in the premise of its existing . factories located in Tochigi and Miyagi Prefectures. Nikon has already increased the production capacity for its small-size panels (for smartphone) by 1.5x over those of 2015 and the production is being carried out at full swing. For large panels (for televisions), Nikon will increase the production 2x by 2018. Nikon currently enjoys about 65 percent of the world's share in panel manufacturing equipment. Nikon utilises the 10th generation size plates for manufacturing the large-format panels. Panel producers, Chinese companies in particular, are planning to build large-panel production factories, for which they are aggressively approaching the government to grant them subsidiaries.
Japanese MNC SHARP, recently launched a new smartphone AQUOS S2, which is currently available in the Chinese markets. It features a 5.5-inch, 100% bezel less display. SHARP AQUOS S2 with three bezels is currently the largest full screen smartphone. The company announced that it will continuously explore the field of 100% bezel less screen phone. SHARP aims at achieving technology breakthroughs in screen and anti-dropping technologies. The dimensions of AQUOS S2 are: 141.8 x 72 x 7.9 mm and it weighs 140 g (approximately). The smartphone is backed by a 3020mAh battery. It offers two variants - 4GB and 6GB RAM, providing internal memory of 64GB and 128GB respectively. The new AQUOS S2 is available in White, Black, Blue and Green colour variants. Sharing his thoughts at the launch, CEO of SHARP/InFocus Mobile- Dr. Luo Zhongsheng said, “The core of full screen design is to break through the technology limit, achieve the double sense of holding and visual comfort, and provide the ultimate experience for users.”