KYOTO, Japan—Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (TOKYO: 6981) (ISIN: JP3914400001) has developed the world's smallest 0201 <millimeter size> size (0.25 mm x 0.125 mm) * monolithic ceramic capacitor – a first in the industry. The volume of this new capacitor is approximately 25% of the 0402 <millimeter size> size (0.4 mm x 0.2 mm) , the predominant monolithic ceramic capacitor presently used in some smartphones.
Murata will be exhibiting this innovative capacitor at their booth in "CEATEC JAPAN 2012", which will be held from October 2.
* 0201-size's EIA case size is no official decision.
Monolithic ceramic capacitors are assembled into all kinds of electronic devices and it is said that 400 to 500 of them are used in the latest smartphones. The number of electronic components used in compact mobile devices continues to increase to enable an increasingly greater number of features. The growth in size of mobile devices is not proportional to the increase in number of features, which means that volumetric efficiency is a key factor in product design. This is driving a growing need for ultra-small components that can support high-density mounting.
Murata has been working on research and development of ceramic capacitors since the company's founding in 1944 and has been building up the company's original element technologies in raw materials, manufacturing processes, manufacturing technologies, and so on. Compact mobile device module manufacturers started to extensively use the world's first 0402 <millimeter size> size monolithic ceramic capacitors that Murata introduced into the market in 2004. Today, its application has expanded to the main body of the smartphone.
"Murata has successfully developed the 0201 <millimeter size> size monolithic ceramic capacitors by combining element technologies the company has built up over the years." says Mr. Yukio Hamaji, Executive Vice President of Murata Manufacturing. "As a leading ceramic capacitor vendor, we will continue to pursue development of ultra-small ceramic capacitors with larger capacitance and lead the electronics industry even in overall services including product quality and supply framework."
The target applications assume various modules for compact mobile devices. Time of sample shipment is planning end of fiscal 2013.
External size is L/W/T=0.25 mm x 0.125 mm x 0.125 mm
Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and sale of ceramic-based passive electronic components & solutions, communication modules and power supply modules. With annual revenues of ¥585 billion (~$7.1B USD) , Murata is committed to the development of advanced electronic materials and leading edge, multi-functional, high-density modules. The company has employees and manufacturing facilities throughout the world. For more information, visit Murata's website at http://www.murata.com/
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