Kyoto, Japan − Driven by industry demand for ultra-small components, Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. has claimed the smallest chip ferrite bead, packaged in a 008004 size (0.25 x 0.125 mm). The chip offers 75 percent lower volume than the 01005 size that is currently used in some smartphones, particularly in high-frequency modules, said Murata.
Murata attributes the development of the chip ferrite bead in a 008004 package size to its latest proprietary microfabrication technology. Murata expects to begin shipping samples in fiscal year 2014.
In 2012, Murata developed monolithic ceramic capacitor and chip inductor components in a 008004 size. Development of mass production technology is underway for these devices with the goal to offer samples in fiscal year 2013, according to Murata.
“Our development of the world's first 008004 size chip ferrite bead, which is the world's smallest version of an electronic component that is required by various electronic devices, enabled the production of new ultra-small products," said Toru Inoue, executive vice president of Murata Manufacturing, in a statement. “I am confident that this will contribute to progress in miniaturization of the high-performance electronic devices of the future. Our string of successes in small product development is the result of bringing together component technologies developed over years, and in the future, we will continue to pursue miniaturization, as we continue to lead the electronics industry in general services, including quality and supply systems."
Murata will be exhibiting the chip ferrite beads at "CEATEC JAPAN 2013", October 1-5, 2013.