The technology industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation. Activity driven by digital transformation and the widespread adoption of artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing, and  growing importance of technologies related to smart sensors, advanced charge transfer, analog-to digital conversion and pixel binning. In the last three years alone, there have been over 3.6 million patents filed and granted in the technology industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Innovation in Cloud: Charge-coupled device (CCD) memory. Buy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over 2.5 million patents to analyse innovation intensity for the technology industry, there are 300+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Charge-coupled device (CCD) memory is a key innovation area in cloud

Charge-coupled device (CCD) memory is a form of semiconductor memory that relies on an array of charge-coupled devices (CCDs) for data storage. CCDs are essentially capacitors that store bits of data in the form of electric charges. Data is stored as a charge on each capacitor and is retrieved by sequentially transferring the charge from one capacitor to the next until it reaches the readout device. CCD memory is commonly used in various imaging devices, including digital cameras and scanners.

GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 10+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established technology companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of charge-coupled device (CCD) memory.

Key players in charge-coupled device (CCD) memory – a disruptive innovation in the technology industry

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of different applications identified for each relevant patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of different countries each relevant patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.

Patent volumes related to charge-coupled device (CCD) memory

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Beijing Electronics 552 Unlock Company Profile
Semiconductor Energy Laboratory 108 Unlock Company Profile
AUO 65 Unlock Company Profile
LG Display 57 Unlock Company Profile
TCL Technology Group 46 Unlock Company Profile
Sharp 26 Unlock Company Profile
Shenzhen Tianma Microelectronics 20 Unlock Company Profile
Samsung Group 18 Unlock Company Profile
Tian Ma Microelectronics 17 Unlock Company Profile
Kabushi Kaisha Limited Energy Kenkyusho 14 Unlock Company Profile
Japan Display 12 Unlock Company Profile
HannStar Display 10 Unlock Company Profile
Hon Hai Precision Industry 9 Unlock Company Profile
Textron 8 Unlock Company Profile
Innolux 7 Unlock Company Profile
Apple 6 Unlock Company Profile
Qualcomm 6 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Among the companies innovating in charge-coupled device (CCD) memory, Beijing Electronics Holding is the leading patent filer. The company’s patents are focused on shift register units comprising inter-connected pre-charging, resetting, pull-up control and noise reduction modules.

Other prominent patent filers in the space include Semiconductor Energy Laboratory and AUO.

By geographical reach, Semiconductor Energy Laboratory leads the pack, followed by Samsung Group and LG Display. In terms of application diversity, Japan Display holds the top position, followed by Sharp and Hon Hai Precision Industry.

Charge-coupled device (CCD) memory enables the creation of high-quality images with low noise and good sensitivity. CCDs can store large amounts of image data and are widely used in various imaging devices such as digital cameras, scanners, and telescopes. CCDs have also played a significant role in the development of modern astronomy, as they have been used to capture detailed images of celestial objects.

To further understand how cloud is disrupting the technology industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Cloud Computing – Thematic Intelligence.

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GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.