Rising levels of security threats are increasingly exposing the inadequacy of the current surveillance systems. This has created a compelling case of optoelectronic systems, which can help surveillance systems discriminate between real threats and harmless incursions, thereby eliminating false alarms.
Frost & Sullivan's (frost.com) new study, Optoelectronic Sensors, finds that the demand for small and ultra thin cell phone cameras consequently increases the demand for higher resolution and quality images. Advances in technology also include lower power consumption and costs, and attractive features of optoelectronic sensors. The trend in miniaturization and increased functionality for mobile applications is also evident in automotive, medical, and security applications, which in turn, drives the optoelectronic sensor industry.
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Emerging technologies have added greater sophistication to basic charge coupled device (CCD) and complimentary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor technologies and supplied them with megapixel and ultra thin image-on-chip capabilities. Increased functionality is changing the basic sensor-on-a-chip technologies to systems-in-a-package.
With smaller and thinner phones being the rage and the cameras in these phones requiring superior technology, R&D activity in digital imaging has intensified. Among the many technological developments is a potentially disruptive technology for color imaging that recently entered the digital still camera market. It uses three stacked pixels built into the silicon to capture 100 percent of the color, where the standard color filter arrays only record around one-third of the color and have more artifacts to deal with.
CCD and CMOS image technologies have enabled advances in automotive safety and comfort features. The superior optical sensors provide critical safety features such as electronic stability control, and lane departure warning, as well as blind spot and backup vision assists.
Electronic stability control is a major purchase motivator in the automotive industry since the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has announced it will be a criterion for top vehicle safety ratings in 2007. The machine vision advantages of optoelectronic sensors serve numerous industrial processes in materials inspection, object recognition, pattern recognition and currency inspection.
"In industrial applications, optoelectronic sensors provide safer environments and monitor equipment to save time and expense," says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Miriam C. Nagel. "Optoelectronic sensors enable cost-effective solutions for key applications involving imaging, or detection of parameters such as temperature, presence or position."
These significant advances in optoelectronic sensors, which are largely semiconductor devices, have contributed international concern for the numerous health and environmental hazards posed by intensive manufacturing processes. In Asia Pacific, which is fast becoming the hub of semiconductor manufacturing, there is particularly concern about the inadequate disclosure of regulations and the fact there is even less information about enforcement. This problem is growing as, the Chinese export of mobile phones and digital cameras now exceeds that of the United States.
However, various agencies all over the world have begun to implement regulations to adequately address employee and environmental health issues during the manufacture of semiconductor devices, which involves a wide range of carcinogens, teratogens and physically hazardous processes.
"Regulatory agencies such as Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in the United States and the World Semiconductor Council (WSC) are working to reduce the inherent risks in semiconductor manufacturing," notes Nagel. "In addition to addressing global concerns regarding environmental, safety, and health practices, the WSC also promotes effective protection of intellectual property."
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