Murata Develops Compact Multilayer Ceramic Capacitor

June 5 2020, 01:10
Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. has developed the GRM011R60J104M multi-layer ceramic capacitor, which the company claims is the world’s first to feature a maximum capacitance of 0.1µF in 008004 inch size (0.25×0.125mm). Mass production of this new product is scheduled to begin in 2020. Applications can be valuable in wearables devices and compact audio players, among many other products that require large numbers of more compact capacitors.

As smartphones supporting 5G become more widespread and devices such as wearable devices become increasingly multifunctional and more compact, the demand for smaller and higher density electronic circuitry is growing. Among the components employed in this circuitry, multi-layer ceramic capacitors are essential for electronic devices and are used for a wide range of applications such as in smartphones and wearable devices. As the high end smartphones are equipped with around 800 to 1,000 capacitors, there is a considerable need for such components to be made even more compact.

By using Murata's original ceramic and electrode material atomization and homogenization technology, the company has achieved a mounting surface area approximately 50% smaller and a volume approximately 80% smaller than that of our conventional product (01005 inch size) with a capacitance of 0.1µF. Moreover, the new product has a capacity of around 10 times that of the same-sized product (008004 inch size) initially mass-produced by the company. 

In the future, Murata intends to continue to conduct research and development into ceramics and high-precision, microscopic layering technology for electrode materials, in order to expand its lineup to meet the needs of the market, and contribute to the further miniaturization and greater functionality of electronic devices.

Murata GRM011R60J104M main specifications:
Size (L×W×T): 0.25mm×0.125mm×0.125mm
Capacitance: 0.1µF (=100nF)
Capacitance tolerance: ±20%
Usage temperature range: -55°C to 85°C
Temperature characteristics: X5R characteristics (EIA)
Rated voltage: 6.3Vdc

Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. designs and manufactures ceramic-based passive electronic components & solutions, communication modules and power supply modules. The company has employees and manufacturing facilities throughout the world.
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