CCD failures: the bigger picture

The CCD [the digital image sensor] is failing on a wide range of digital cameras made between 2002 and 2004 from [deep breath] Canon [8 models], Fuji [4 models], Sony [23 models], Konica/Minolta [8 models] and Nikon [3 models].
In every case the CCD was made by Sony…
UPDATE: you can add models from Ricoh and Olympus too…