Hyvision System will supply Foxconn with camera module inspection equipment, TheElec has learned.
The South Korean firm clinched deal from Apple’s change to how its camera modules for iPhones are assembled.
Hyvision will be supplying alignment inspection equipment to the Taiwanese company.
The kit inspections whether the wide, ultra wide and telephoto cameras’ optical axis and image sensors are aligned correctly.
An incorrect axis can result in what the customer sees through the camera and the picture taken to be different.
Up to last year, Apple has procured double and triple camera modules from its suppliers LG InnoTek, Sharp and O’Film that are pre-assembled.
But it is now procuring these camera modules individually and gave the job of assembly to Foxconn. The measure is being done to save cost.
Hyvision will be supplying its inspection kits for camera and 3D time of flight modules to LG InnoTek, while providing alignment inspection kits to Foxconn.
Its main customer LG InnoTek is seeing its share in Apple’s camera supply chain increase from O’Film being knocked out due to alleged human rights’ violation of the Uighur people. LG InnoTek and Sharp are the only remaining suppliers of Cupertino. The South Korean component maker has absorbed O’Film’s volume.
Apple has ordered components for 90 million units of iPhones for its upcoming iPhone 13, 20% higher than it ordered for iPhone 12.
South Korean analysts expect Hyvision to post 200 billion won in sales and 17 billion won in operating income this year.