The Japanese companySonyHe has acknowledged that, despite having worked during the holidays, he will not be able to manufacture enough camera sensors to meet the high demand of mobile phone manufacturers worldwide.
The head of the Sony semiconductor unit, Terushi Shimizu, has said the company is more than doubling its capital expenditure in the business to 280,000 million yen (about2.3 billion euros) this fiscal year and is also building a new plant in Nagasaki (Japan) that will open in early 2021.
“Judging by how things are going, even after all the investment in the expansion, it might not be enough,” Shimizu said in an interview with Bloomberg. “We have to apologize to customers because we simply cannot manufacture enough,” he added.
Most of today’s mobile phones have mechanisms integrated by several cameras, reaching phones with five rear camera lenses (Nokia 9 PureViewYXiaomi Mi Note 10), each of them for different functions, or as theiPhone 11 Pro, with Sony triple camera.
In addition, the latest models of brands such asSamsung,ReallyorXiaomiThey have resolutions of more than 40 megapixels, such as the one that has the popular 48 MP Sony IMX 586 sensor, used by many phones during this year 2019.
The company, which claimed in May that it controlled the51 percent of the camera sensor market, believes that revenues in its semiconductor unit will amount to 18 percent to 1,040 million yen (8.55 million euros), of which 86 percent are camera sensors.