Tower, PixelPlus embed SoC in security image sensor

Tower, PixelPlus embed SoC in security image sensor

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Specialty foundry Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (Migdal Haemek, Israel) is manufacturing the full HD security sensor with embedded SoC for PixelPlus using its 65nm CMOS image sensor process. The process is installed at TowerJazz Panasonic Semiconductor Co. Ltd., Towers foundry subsidiary in Japan. Production is due to start at the beginning of 2016.


The sensor is aimed at deployment in China and manufacturing it is expected to generate tens of millions of dollars in annual revenue for Tower rising to hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenue, Tower said.

Embedding the HD-transmission capability into the CMOS image sensor enables image data transmission over coaxial cables at distances of more than 500 meters. This is expected to provide value for the security and surveillance markets.

Tower said that PixelPlus is the market leader in image sensors for the security/surveillance market, with a market share of 34 percent in 2014. The security sensor market is expected to grow  from $140 million in 2014 to $353 million in 2020, Tower said referencing Yole Developpement as its source.

Tower said that its 65nm CIS process would enable PixelPlus to expand its business from security/surveillance to other markets such as automotive, industrial and the IoT.

"We anticipate cooperating with TowerJazz as a strategic partner for additional innovative devices in the future," said Seo-Kyu Lee, CEO of PixelPlus, in a statement. 

PixelPlus was founded in April 2000.

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