Massive earthquake in Japan has affected the production and distribution of an important component in many cellphone cameras, the CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) image sensor, from Sony and Toshiba.

A report published in Los Angeles Times says quoting the technology research firm IHS iSuppli that Toshiba's Image Sensor fabrication facility in Iwate, Japan, has been shut down because of the earthquake from which much of Japan is still working to recover.

Toshiba's Iwate plant manufactures logic chips and CMOS sensors for cellphone cameras.

IHS iSuppli said in a report issued Thursday morning that Sony, has had to delay the delivery of its CMOS sensors to cellphone manufacturers.

There is no any information on how long Toshiba's plant would be closed or how long Sony's sensor deliveries would be backed up.

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