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Apple supplier Murata shrinks key part for 5G phones

Manufacturer trims mainstay capacitors to one-fifth current size

Packed with more power and features, 5G phones demand smaller core components -- even ones that are already tiny, like capacitors.   © Reuters

KYOTO, Japan -- Apple and Huawei supplier Murata Manufacturing has developed an ultrasmall version of a mainstay electronic component, Nikkei has learned, an achievement that promises to free up space inside densely packed 5G smartphones.

As soon as the spring, the Japanese company is set to start mass-producing smaller multilayer ceramic capacitors that take up just one-fifth the space of existing ones, but have 10 times the electrical storage capacity.

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