posted Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at 8:45 AM EST
Final week, Fujifilm introduced plans to construct a sophisticated semiconductor supplies manufacturing facility in PyeongTaek Metropolis within the Gyeonggi Province in South Korea. The plant will manufacture coloration filter supplies for picture sensors. The manufacturing facility will probably be Fujifilm’s second in South Korea, becoming a member of an present plant that produces Chemical Mechanical Sprucing (CMP) slurries. These slurries are used to shine and stage semiconductor surfaces.
Fujifilm’s announcement states that the corporate already “boasts over 80% international share in coloration filter supplies for picture sensors,” per Fujifilm’s inner knowledge. The brand new manufacturing facility goals to bolster the corporate’s energy, and the plant will function “cutting-edge manufacturing capabilities and state-of-the-art analysis gear to allow the manufacturing of high-quality and high-performance merchandise.”
It is unclear for what merchandise the colour filters will probably be used. Fujifilm mentions that picture sensors are a kind of semiconductor that converts gentle into electrical alerts, as we all know, and that picture sensors are utilized in all kinds of merchandise, together with digital cameras, smartphones and different units, resembling autonomous autos and safety units. Fujifilm additionally states that it expects the picture sensor market to develop by 7% per yr. Nevertheless, the press launch would not point out Fujifilm’s X or GFX cameras particularly.
It is unclear if any coloration filter supplies manufactured on the new plant in South Korea will probably be used for Fujifilm’s digital cameras, resembling its X Sequence or GFX cameras.
Given Fujifilm’s 80% market share of coloration filter supplies for picture sensors, it is no shock that the corporate has a number of present manufacturing websites, together with vegetation in Japan and Taiwan. The brand new manufacturing plant in South Korea will facilitate the manufacturing of coloration filter supplies that concentrate on a broader wavelength vary.
The discharge mentions Wave Management Mosaic (WCM), particularly. Fujifilm describes WCM as follows: “Wave Management Mosaic and Coloration Mosaic know-how contains a sequence of pigmented, unfavourable tone, photosensitive imaging supplies used to supply coloration filter arrays and optical layers. The Wave Management Mosaic and Coloration Mosaic know-how supplies coloration filters with excessive transparency and colorimetric purity and in addition contains black supplies for environment friendly gentle blocking / shielding wants. These Wave Management Mosaic and Coloration Mosaic supplies are utilized by producers worldwide to supply coloration filters for incorporation into modern Picture Sensor (IS) units and different sensing units.
You’ll be able to learn far more about Fujifilm’s semiconductor enterprise on Fujifilm’s enterprise web site. In whole, Fujifilm lists 35 semiconductor merchandise and options for numerous imaging wants, together with enterprise, client and medical purposes. The brand new plant in South Korea is already underneath development, and Fujifilm anticipates it to start operations within the spring of 2024.