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Murata contributes to the advancement of society by innovating, designing and supplying components and solutions for a variety of markets and applications, and the markets for Murata’s electronic components continue to grow.

Smartphones currently account for 75% of the mobile phones sold worldwide, and it is predicted that the need for multiband LTE-compatible units will spread even further.
Advancements in electrification is forecast for the field of automotive electronics along with improved safety features like Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and the growth of built-in vehicle communication functions like infotainment. The overall demand for electronic components is also trending toward smaller sizes, thinner higher performance, and higher reliability... At Murata, in addition to component products, sales of the monolithic ceramic capacitors and piezoelectric components that are our core products, as well as of communication modules in which numerous parts are embedded using multi-component, multi-layer technology are growing more and more.
 

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Capacitors

Sales increased further for our micro capacitors and tiny, high-capacity capacitors used in smartphones and other communication devices. In the automotive field, the demand for high-reliability capacitors has been growing with the increasing use of vehicle electronics. Both areas are particular strengths for Murata.

Piezoelectric components

Sales of SAW filters increased as smartphones began to support multiple frequency bands. The demand for ultrasonic sensors in driver assistance systems is increasing as well.

Communication modules

The number of components per handset is increasing as smartphone data rates increase and handsets incorporate multiband capabilities and become more multifunctional. There is an ongoing move toward modularization, in which multiple components are integrated for such purposes as reducing the area occupied by the RF section or to more eciently utilize the communication circuit space, and demand for RF and connectivity modules is expected to continue rising in the future.

Power supplies and other modules

Sales expanded further for power supply use in the energy sector, data centers, and servers.

Other components

Sales of high frequency coils and metal coils for smartphones increased. In the automotive electronics market, sales also grew in EMI suppression filters and MEMS sensors used for electronic stability control (ESC) , both trends that are expected to continue.