Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes reported this morning that OmniVision has won a contract with Apple that will see both Sony and OmniVision supply Apple with eight-megapixel CMOS image sensors, presumably for a fifth-generation iPhone.

OmniVision has grabbed a majority of total CMOS image sensor (CIS) orders placed by Apple for the fifth-generation iPhone, market sources have claimed. Meanwhile, power amplifier (PA) supplier Avago Technologies has landed orders for the WCDMA version of the device for its first time, according to the sources. About 90 percent of the CIS orders for Apple’s new iPhone will be supplied by OmniVision, while Sony takes up the remainder, the sources said. The upcoming device will feature a built-in 8-megapixel camera, the sources added. TSMC will use BSI (backside illumination) process technology at its Fab 14 to produce CISs used in the new version of iPhone, the sources revealed.


We previously turned your attention to OmniVision’s latest OV5690 module, basically an improved camera sensor that should help Apple build portable gadgets that are thinner while improving image quality and video capture resolution to 1080p. Note that OmniVision is Apple’s prime supplier of CMOS sensors for iOS gear. Additionally, 9to5Mac first reported that Sony might supply rival Apple with cameras for iPhones, maybe even iPods.

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