Packaging firm Polaris Works said on Tuesday that it will begin supplying its automotive image sensor package called NeoPAC Encap to image sensor company Pixelplus this month.
The package is for 5.6 micrometer pixel size VGA
(688x528) automobile rear cameras. It will first be supplied to a Chinese car brand this year. It will be supplied to South Korean and global car brands starting next year.
Polaris Works said the production schedule for the packages has accelerated as development time and reliability review period has been shortened in the industry due to the global shortage in automotive chips.
Polaris Works and Pixelplus will further develop high-definition and ultra high-definition sensors going forward.
They will also collaborate in sensors for advanced drivers’ assistance system and self-driving cars.
Polaris Works said it has been preparing for the package with a foundry since last year so it won’t be affected by the current chip shortage.
It expects ten times the order this year from its earlier prediction made in 2020, the company said.
According to market research TSR, around 300 million automotive image sensors are expected to manufactured this year. Around 25% of them, or 75 million units, will be VGA products, the firm said.