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Asia Electronics Industry
July 2020 Volume 25, Serial No. 286

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Cover | Story
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hese are turbulent and unpredictable times. COVID-19 has been sweeping the globe, infecting millions of people across 176 countries. Amid this outbreak and uncertainties however, a global technology and electronics manufacturing solutions expert remains undaunted. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Integrated Micro-Electronics Inc. (IMI), an EMS and original design manufacturing company. Headquartered in the Philippines and majority owned by the Ayala Corporation, the country’s oldest and largest conglomerate, IMI operates in multiple manufacturing sites in the Philippines, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Serbia, Britain, and the United States. It provides technology and EMS to original electronics makers catering to both regional and international markets.

In this cover story IMI acknowledges those 40 years that took focus, foresight and fortitude for them to achieve.

Focus
Since its foundation in 1980, the company has always adhered to two principles: to operate and deliver with the highest level of commitment and service to its customers and to ensure that they have the right people, skillsets and technologies that will enable them to withstand any form of challenges or difficulties that may come.

AEI News
NXP Taps TSMC’s 5nm Process for Automotive Platform

The NETHERLANDS and TAIWAN – NXP Semiconductors N.V. has partnered with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (TSMC) and utilized its 5nm technology for NXP’s next-generation, high-performance automotive platform. This collaboration combines NXP’s automotive design expertise with TSMC’s industry-leading 5nm technology to further drive the transformation of automobiles into powerful computing systems for the road.

Building upon multiple successful 16nm designs, TSMC and NXP are expanding their collaboration to create a system-on-chip (SoC) platform in 5nm to deliver the next generation of automotive processors. Using TSMC’s 5nm process, NXP’s offerings will address a wide variety of functions and workloads, such as connected cockpits, high-performance domain controllers, autonomous driving, advanced networking, hybrid propulsion control and integrated chassis management.

TSMC’s 5nm technology is a leading advanced process in volume production. NXP will adopt N5P, an enhanced version of TSMC’s 5nm technology, which provides about 20 percent faster speed or about 40 percent power reduction compared to the preceding 7nm generation.

www.nxp.com; www.tsmc.com

In View | This Month
Quartz Makers Chart 5G Potential to Track Growth Path

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espite the serious economic repercussions brought about by the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), business opportunities are promising for quartz device manufacturers. The deployment of the fifth-generation (5G) mobile communications standard are already underway, giving rise to new internet of things (IoT)-related applications that use high-speed near-field wireless communications technologies.

Quartz devices manufacturers accelerate the development of ultra-small products that support high-frequency and high-speed communications, deploying new growth strategies.

Looks Past Business Challenges
Quartz devices manufacturers saw their profitability deteriorate as they made efforts to meet the diversification of technological development and fluctuations in the production and supply rhythm of smartphones. As a result, they started to shift their growth strategies to the automotive field to put a brake on the business slow down.

Digi-Key Electronics Partners with Truphone in IoT Connectivity

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igi-Key Electronics, a global electronic component distributor, has partnered with Truphone to bring cellular internet of things (IoT) connectivity services to manufacturers worldwide. The partnership will provide customers with connected cellular devices and a fully managed service.

Digi-Key will use Truphone’s state-of-the-art SIM technology that allows users to connect IoT devices to network providers from the moment they switch On their device. The technology does not require complicated activation process other than simple connectivity from the touch of a button.

The partnership will provide manufacturers of all sizes with industry-leading IoT connectivity services starting with device and application management. The Truphone network supports 2G, 3G, 4G and CAT-M1/LTE-M worldwide – with a single SIM card – and gives every customer access to its IoT Connectivity Management platform.

Special | Report
Components for Next-Generation Vehicles typography
Parts Makers Eye Next-Generation Products to Expand Business
Although the global automotive market is expected to be bleak for the remainder of the year, electronic components manufacturers are speeding up new product advancement to complement market rebound and the emergence of mega trendS in the future.
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lectronic components manufacturers have been accelerating technological development to complement the demands of next-generation vehicle development. In the future, transformation of the market and technologies with connected, automotive, shared & services (CASE) and electric (CASE) and mobility as a service (MaaS) trends is expected to propel further growth of the car electronics market.

Seeks Growth After COVID-19
On a medium- to long-term perspective, the automotive market is one of most important fields that drive the growth of the electronic components industry. The annual global production of vehicles combining passenger cars and commercial vehicles has been exceeding 90 million units in the past several years.

Special | Report
Components for Next-Generation Vehicles typography
Auto Component Technologies Gear up for Autonomous Driving
In components development for automotives toward self-driving cars, prime consideration is given on safety and connectivity functions. More recently, components for body control and cabin monitoring systems have been gaining ground as energy devices to extend cruising range.
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he technological development of automotive electronic components evolves around attaining functions that meet the electrification of vehicles and advancement of autonomous driving technologies. Meanwhile, development and marketing efforts of electronic components manufacturers focus on the transformation of vehicles, such as connected, autonomous, shared & services, and electric (CASE) and mobility as a service (MaaS) trends. Their efforts are also focused on adopting advanced engineering toward the implementation of automotive 5G in the future.

Components for ADAS, Autonomous Driving
Recently, there has been an accelerated development to bring Level 3 and above autonomous driving vehicles into full practical use.

Special | Report
Components for Next-Generation Vehicles typography
Technologies Innovate Concept of Future Automotive Cockpits
Concept models of STATE-OF-THE-ART cockpits aim to achieve advanced travel control, improved safety and convenience, and comfort of passengers.
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ockpits of next-generation cars are undergoing dramatic changes from the display system of speedometer and other gauges to high-performance computing system, which integrally supports autonomous driving, safe travel, eco-drive, optimization of in-vehicle environment, and driver monitoring. Automobile-related manufacturers have been accelerating research and development of concept models of innovative next-generation cockpit to achieve advanced travel control, and improve safety, convenience, and comfort of the driver. Technology developments are also directed toward achieving top-of-the-line automotive cockpits of future cars.

Amid the advancement of electrification and functional enhancement of vehicles, automotive cockpit technologies have been further advancing. With the progress of autonomous driving function and advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) technologies, the amount of information that vehicles handle has further increased. Needs for the safety of vehicles and improved comfort of the driver are also becoming stronger. Improved eco-drive performance is also sought to improve fuel economy.

Special | Report
Components for Next-Generation Vehicles typography
Race for Automotive Components Creation Shift to High Gear
Research and development among car MAKERS and automotive electronics suppliers revolve around CASE trend, mainly in the electrification and autonomous driving fields. Recent integration of Tier 1 makers into component companies is also making waves.
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ith the advent of advanced automotive technologies typified by connected, autonomous, shared & services, and electric (CASE) trend, the environment surrounding the automotive industry has been undergoing major changes. Automakers and global components suppliers are fiercely vying with one another in research and development (R&D) mainly in autonomous driving and electrification fields, which are the major battle fields. In recent years, electronic components manufacturers have also been intensifying their position in the automotive sector as 20,000 to 30,000 parts are being incorporated in a vehicle amid the increasing shift to electronic control. The automotive electronic components market is expected to grow further in the coming years, and electronic components manufacturers strengthen their position.

Electrification, Autonomous Driving Accelerate
Boston Consulting Group (BCG) forecasts the ratio of electrified vehicles (xEVs) to reach more than 50 percent of new auto unit sales worldwide in 2020, on the back of strengthened environmental regulations in the European region and China. Specifically, beginning 2025, the share of plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHVs) and electric vehicles (EVs) is expected to expand at an accelerated pace.

Special | Report
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Canon Caters to 8K Broadcasting, Video Production
Beefing up its lineup of high-performance lenses and video production equipment are 8K broadcasting-compliant super high-definition camera lenses for professional video production and top-of-the-line video equipment that meet various needs and video expressions.
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or more than half a century, Canon Inc. has contributed to the broadcasting and video industry through high-performance lenses. Now, the company is developing next-generation 8K super high-definition broadcasting lenses to meet professional needs, in addition to 4K broadcasting lenses and cinema lenses. In the following, various new products of the company are introduced.

In 2019, the company released the UHD-DIGISUPER 51 field zoom lens for 8K broadcasting with the longest*1 focal length and highest*1 zoom ratio of 51 times. It also integrates 7×10.7 KAS S, the first*2 portable zoom lens for 8K broadcasting.

For the CINEMA EOS SYSTEM video production equipment, the company announced EOS C500 Mark II, which is equipped with 5.9 K full-size sensor and a newly developed video processing platform, while being compact and lightweight. The new lens makes it possible to shoot impressive video images that takes advantage of the beautiful bokeh effect despite its compact and lightweight body, expanding the range of video expressions.

Special | Report
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Sony Expands Broadcast Lineup to Meet Changes in Production Workflows
Innovative broadcast portfolio are set for market release and have been driven by professionals’ needs to optimize content creation for various applications and help them maximize return on investment.
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ony Corporation has amplified its presence in film and broadcasting fields as it expanded its products and solutions to bring creative visions to life. Sony’s range of rich professional products enables total creative, operational and economic flexibility.

The company took note of the rapid evolution taking place in the industry in recent years brought about by the growing need to develop contents for cross-platform distribution, which has transformed both the creative process and post-production workflows.

Expanded Shoot, Improved User Operation
Sony has expanded the capabilities of its PXW-FX9 full-frame camera to offer even greater expression and usability for cinematographers and their collaborators in production and post. PXW-FX9, the flagship camcorder featuring 6K full-frame sensor and Fast Hybrid Auto Focus system was introduced in 2019 to bring full-frame imaging to documentary and independent productions. PXW-FX9 is inspired by the high mobility Run & Gun style approach from FS7 Series of camcorders, and brings color science from VENICE digital motion picture camera, and auto focus (AF) technology from Sony’s interchangeable lens camera Alpha, to creatives desiring a small camera footprint.

TECH | FOCUS
Film Capacitors Take Safety in Electrified Vehicles to Next Level

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he accelerating shift to internet of things (IoT) society is expected to cause dramatic changes in various fields. Particularly, in the automotive market, in addition to advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving, connected car, which produces further comfort, has been attracting attention. Nichicon Corporation has been proposing capacitors for the drive system and electronic system of electrified vehicles and for infrastructure-related equipment. This article introduces the latest technological trends of capacitors for the drive system.

Film Capacitors for EVs, HVs, PHVs
The electric drive system of electric vehicles (EVs), hybrid vehicles (HVs), and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHVs) incorporates capacitors for four applications: smoothing, filtering, snubber, and noise filter. The adoption of film capacitors has been expanding owing to their superior electric characteristics and high safety (Fig. 1).

TECH | FOCUS
Power Semiconductors Beef up Role in 5G, Electrified Vehicles

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oday, with the coronavirus (COVID-19) becoming a global pandemic, countries suffer from enormous human and economic damage, and the prospects of recovery remains completely unclear. Looking back, however, history has witnessed the launch of remarkable technological innovations accompanying the development of surprising products after great disasters. For example, the computer was developed after the World War II ended in 1945. Sony Walkman was released after the second oil crisis in 1979. Apple iPod was introduced after the IT bubble burst in 2000, and the list goes on. When this pandemic is over, the emergence of innovative technologies and the amazing launch of new products are anticipated in the future.

Prior to COVID-19, the semiconductor market was forecasted heading upward by about 6 percent year-on-year in 2020, according to WSTS World Semiconductor Market Forecast, coming from slump since 2018. The driving forces were attributed to the commercialization of 5G mobile communication systems and the electrification of automobiles.

TECH | FOCUS
Battery Management, Connectors Spark EV, HEV Design

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lectronic engineers involved with electric vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles (EV/HEV) generally have to work with the available battery technologies, which are usually some variant of lithium-ion-based chemistry. However, they do have a significant challenge in managing the large assembly of cells which comprise the battery packs. The major objectives of battery management system (BMS) designers implement are protect the individual cells and the complete battery assembly from damage and prolong the life of the batteries.

These objectives translate to a lengthy list that includes functions such as cell protection, charge control, state of charge determination, state of health determination, and cell balancing. This article looks at cell balancing, a BMS function representative of the intense challenges that EV/HEV designers must address.

TECH | FOCUS
Keysight’s Emulation Solution Meets C-V2X Test Challenges

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he connected car is making waves in the automotive industry. One key technology driver for this exciting field is cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) communications. Promising low latency and higher bandwidths, C-V2X helps power the supercomputer on wheels. It allows the car to send and receive signals with every connected device around it, from pedestrians with mobile devices to vehicles miles away.

In a recent study, research agency Acumen said the global C-V2X market is set to reach US$1.1 billion by 2026. Both carmakers and technology providers are pouring millions of dollars into research and development to deliver the benefits C-V2X promises:

  • to utilize existing broad coverage of secure and established LTE networks and eventually 5G;
  • to enable real-time communication at high speeds and in high-density traffic; and
  • to support short- and long-range transmission between vehicles and roadside infrastructure.
TECH | FOCUS
Simple Programming Makes Affordable, Compact Industrial Robots

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ajor manufacturers have long used dedicated industrial robots to boost efficiency and throughput. Now, compact industrial robots, which can be integrated cost effectively into even small production lines, are available.

KUKA AGILUS Family Robotic Arms Overview
KUKA Robotics Corp. is one of the growing number of vendors that have begun producing compact industrial robotic arms targeting small- to mid-size operations. Its AGILUS family is available in three versions with different reaches and load ratings: 540mm and 3kg (KR 3 R540); 900mm and 6kg (KR 6 R900-2); and 1,100mm and 10kg (KR 10 R1100-2) respectively. All three have the same overall form and behavior and are available in kits, complete with a controller unit and handheld operator unit for controlling, monitoring, and programming the robot’s activity.

The mechanical design of the AGILUS devices gives insight into the flexibility of robotic arms in general (Figure 1).

Component | Materials
Metal Substrate Extends Life of High-Luminance LEDs for Cars
The new substrate from Mitsubishi Materials exhibits 15 percent lower in thermal resistance compared with aluminum, proving high heat dissipation property.

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itsubishi Materials Corporation has developed nBoard-R metal-based substrate for light-emitting diode (LED) headlamps for automotives. The new nBoard-R metal substrate is an improved version of the company’s nBoard metal-based substrate and offers longer life by suppressing the rise in thermal resistance.

The adoption of high-brightness LEDs, as light source of automotive headlamps, has progressed replacing halogen lamps. The mounting rate of high-brightness LEDs is expected to exceed 50 percent by 2025.

High heat dissipation property is required for substrates for high-brightness LEDs. Conventionally, ceramic-based substrates represented by alumina substrates were mainstream. In Jan. 2019, Mitsubishi Materials developed a metal-based substrate that delivers higher heat dissipation property.

Evaluation of thermal resistance of nBoard-R mounted with high-brightness LED
Evaluation of thermal resistance of nBoard-R mounted with high-brightness LED
Component | Materials
Halogen-Free Solder Paste Applies to Micro Patterns
The new solder paste from KOKI can be applied to 0402 components in air reflow, and promotes quality stencil and lower occurrence of voids.

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OKI Company Limited has developed the S3X70-G811 halogen-free solder paste for micro-pattern application and can be reflowed in an air atmosphere.

S3X70-G811 adopts a newly engineered flux formulation optimized for Type 5 solder powder and enables air reflow soldering of 0402 metric size components.

Excellent Meltability, Wettability
Although the solder paste size of S3X70-G811 is Type 5, the product exhibits good meltability and wettability without a nitrogen atmosphere. This has been enabled by a newly engineered flux formulation optimized for Type 5 powders.
Component | Materials
Sumitomo Bakelite to Add Line for Encapsulation Materials for Automotives
The new production line for epoxy resin encapsulation materials will be installed in its Belgian subsidiary, Vyncolit NV, and will start operation in 2022 with a capacity of several thousand tons per year.

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umitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd. will open a new manufacturing line in its Belgian subsidiary, Vyncolit NV, for the production of epoxy resin encapsulation materials for automotive use to meet increasing demands in the mobility field in the European region.

Europe is the birthplace of the automotive industry, and is home to parts manufacturers with a worldwide presence. Sumitomo Bakelite has a history of producing phenolic resin and molding compounds in Belgium (two companies) and Spain (one company), and of producing and selling materials for use in automobiles and thermal insulation materials. Although the spread of the novel coronavirus has resulted in widespread social disruption in countries in Europe, the company has recently reached the decision to begin production in its Belgian subsidiary in anticipation of a “post-corona” world.

The company is aiming to reach sales in the automotive encapsulation compound market of ¥12 billion (US$111 million) by FY2025, including its production in Europe.

SMTs | IN REVIEW
Yamaha Motor Markets New Linear Conveyor Module
The LCMR200 linear conveyor module contributes to streamlining and improving quality at complex and diversified production sites of next-generation factories.
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amaha Motor Co., Ltd. has recently released the LCMR200 linear conveyor module.

LCMR200 inherits the features, such as high accuracy and narrow pitch, of the LCM-X model but embodies greatly improved rigidity through a complete reassessment of the module structure. The result is a more robust model that is better suited for work environments where intrusion of foreign matter and static noise are present. In addition, accuracy adjustments during setting up are easier thanks to a newly developed circulation unit.

LCMR200 linear conveyor module
LCMR200 linear conveyor module
It also inherited from LCM-X a system to control 64 sliders by a single YHX controller, but the newly developed Standard Profile program eliminates programming work inside the controller and makes easier builds of automated equipment.
SMTs | IN REVIEW
FUJI’s NXTR Mounter Primed for Release in Fall
Designed for full automation of production, the mounter will be marketed first in China and Japan, as manufacturing plants restart production, reeling from factory stoppage due to widespread COVID infection.
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UJI Corporation plans to release its NXTR mounter, within the next-generation FUJI Smart Factory Platform, mainly in Japan and China this fall. With the release of NXTR mounter, FUJI is able to meet the needs for the automation of production, which has been heightening around the world.

Core of FUJI Smart Factory
The NXTR mounter forms the core of FUJI Smart Factory, which makes the most of internet of things (IoT) technology and FUJI has been promoting this latest mounter targeting full automation of factories. NXTR realizes full automation of the electronic components mounting process by achieving three zeros in the surface mount technology process: zero placement defects, zero machine operators, and zero machine stops.
SMTs | IN REVIEW
Yamaha Motor Strengthens Base in South China
The company transfers its base in Shenzhen, and now includes a product showroom. It also integrates the operating companies of YMRH at the new office for efficient operations.
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amaha Motor Co., Ltd. will relocate its base in Shenzhen to strengthen its marketing and service system in the South China region. At the new office, the company will open an attached showroom. Operating companies of Yamaha Motor Robotics Holdings Co., Ltd. (YMRH) will be consolidated at the new office as domestic bases.

Yamaha Motor established Yamaha Motor IM (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. in Suzhou, China, and has been selling surface mounters and industrial robots together with Hong Kong-based WKK China Ltd. and other agencies.

The Shenzhen branch office of Yamaha Motor IM (Suzhou) will be in charge of the South China region centering around Shenzhen, Dongguan, and Guangzhou. Yamaha Motor will relocate the Shenzhen branch office to the Longhua District in Shenzhen, and establish a new showroom as an integral part of the office.

SMTs | IN REVIEW
FUJI Markets Linear Shaft Motors to Other Companies
Originally developed for its machines, FUJI now markets linear shaft motors to other companies. It also established in February FUJI LINEAR to sell the motors.
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UJI Corporation embarks on full-scale marketing of linear shaft motors, which are being produced in-house, to other companies. In this line, FUJI has established FUJI LINEAR CORPORATION to exclusively develop, manufacture, and sell linear shaft motors.

Linear shaft motors are used in high-speed control mechanisms with advanced technology, which carry out instantaneous positioning in the order of micrometers in electronic components mounters.

FUJI has been manufacturing leading-edge electronic components mounters and machine tools, such as NXT III and AIMEX III, and has been deploying business globally. For use in these mounters, FUJI has developed and produced linear shaft motors in-house.

Test | Measurement
Toyo Keisokuki Frames Business for Overseas Makers
The company puts more diversified products on board to cater to a wider market, and partners with reliable companies to widen reach.
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oyo Keisokuki Co., Ltd., a distributor in Japan, has been endeavoring to introduce and extensively promote diverse products as a general distributor for overseas manufacturers. The company looks for local factories and assesses development designs, production lines and inspection systems, and checks equipment used and inspection procedure manuals. Toyo Keisokuki then selects partners with a commitment to “take total responsibility for products to be sold as a general agent,” and puts strength into its support system.

Wide Partners, Diverse Products
Toyo Keisokuki is the general distributor in Japan of U.S.-based NetAlly. NetAlly upgraded in April EtherScope nXG handheld measuring instrument, which was released end of 2019. It is a portable network analyzer capable of speedily testing and troubleshooting Wi-Fi and wired networks. It can instantly verify connection conditions, enabling engineers at the center to solve problems in cooperation with engineers on the site through remote access.
IN THE KNOW | RFID Trends
New Technology to Bring RFID to New Heights
The radio frequency IDENTIFICATION (RFID) is on for an enormous growth with the emergence of new applications. The rise of RFID tags using new carbon nanotube thin-film transistor (CNT-TFT) is expected to bring new functions and elevate performance.
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he concept of a future society, which Japan advocates, is called Society 5.0. Radio frequency identifier (RFID) and sensors built in display devices will play key role in Society 5.0.

This article will dig deep on the latest technological trends in RFID and sensors that have changed over time to meet the demands of the latest trends.

Society 5.0, Printed Electronics
The idea of Society 5.0 was proposed for the first time in the 5th Science and Technology Basic Plan as a future connected society that Japan aspires to achieve in the future. In a society achieved in Society 5.0, internet of things (IoT) will connect all people and things, and a variety of knowledge and information will be shared, creating new values in ways not previously possible. Through this process, social problems and difficulties will be overcome.

TECHNOLOGY | HIGHLIGHT
New Mechanism Prevents Deterioration of Aluminum Anode
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ithium ion rechargeable batteries consist of four components: a cathode, an anode, an electrolyte, and a separator film. Lithium ions move between the cathode and anode when the battery is charged or discharged; when charging, the anode takes in the lithium ions released by the cathode, and the reverse when discharging.

Carbon-based materials are today’s mainstream for anodes. However, the use of silicon or metals, such as tin and aluminum, has been considered as promising anode materials for high energy-density batteries because these materials can store three to ten times more lithium ions than the same weight carbon-based materials. Despite the higher capacity for absorbing more lithium ions, the application of metal anodes has been deadlocked because their huge volume changes (two to four times) can destroy the anode’s structure.

PRODUCT | HIGHLIGHT
KEL “TSL Series” 32Gbps High-Performance Coaxial Harness
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he TSL Series (Fig. 1) from KEL Corporation has been developed as a next-generation coaxial harness that supports high-speed transmission in response to new technological innovations, such as 5G communication standards and internet of things (IoT), and artificial intelligence (AI). It was created with the development concept of NeGSSUC or Next Generation Super Speed Micro (μ) Coaxial Connector.

To maximize the performance of the connector, which achieved 32Gbps high-speed transmission, a high-performance coaxial cable RUOTA* was used (Fig. 2). In high-speed transmission, the quality of the cable assembly is said to affect its performance. RUOTA was manufactured by Totoku Electric Co., Ltd. and features little attenuation and delay.

KEL processes harnesses at designated factories and performs 100 percent inspection at its own factories, ensuring harness products that guarantee high-speed transmission.

PRODUCT | HIGHLIGHT
Murata Extends Life Cycle, Safety in Batteries for Robots, AGVs
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esigned to suit industrial equipment applications that require high output, the all-in-one FORTELION 24V battery module developed by Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. is particularly suitable for use in automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and robots. The module, which has been in mass production stage since April, makes use of the FORTELION, Murata’s proprietary lithium ion secondary battery.

This secondary battery uses olivine-type lithium iron phosphate as the cathode material that promotes longer life cycle and exceptionally high level of safety.

The need to improve productivity and overcome manpower shortages has paved the way for robots and AGVs in warehouses. Early versions of these machines integrate lead-acid batteries, which are synonymous to longer charging time and shorter battery life. Because of these limitations, there was an increasing need to replace them with lithium ion secondary batteries, which are capable for faster charging capability and longer battery life.

Business | Strategy
IMI Eyes New Growth Fields as Pandemic Impacts Business
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ntegrated Micro-Electronics, Inc. (IMI), the Philippines’ leading electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider, is looking to leverage on other business segments as possible growth fields within the next two years. This move was triggered by a shift in consumer behaviors as the world reels from the dreaded new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). This as the company admits business performance for the remainder of 2020 will continue to be strained by weak global market as triggered by the dreaded pandemic.

Sherwin Nones, Strategic Planning & Marketing Head at IMI, said the company will be leveraging on devices and systems that will be required heavily within the next two years particularly coming from industrial, power, and medical segments.

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Photo 1: Sherwin Nones, Strategic Planning & Marketing Head, Integrated Micro-Electronics, Inc. (IMI)
ST Joins Zhaga Consortium, Promotes NFC in Industrial Lighting
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TMicroelectronics has joined the Zhaga Consortium as associate member to advance the deployment of near-field communication (NFC) technology in the industrial lighting market.

The Zhaga Consortium is a global industry organization that aims to standardize interfaces of LED luminaires. ST’s membership to the Zhaga Consortium sets to facilitate the integration of NFC in lighting products and accelerate the emergence of new standards. One of the key benefits of NFC technology is the ability to improve flexibility and efficiency of LED-driver manufacturing lines.

“With the Zhaga Consortium, the lighting industry is paving the way towards harmonized and interoperable usage of NFC technology, driving new opportunities to enhance lighting-equipment connectivity. Our solid know-how in connectivity and lighting technologies is key to building the bridge between NFC standards and lighting-industry requirements,” said Sylvain Fidelis, Head of Marketing & Application for NFC Tags and Readers, STMicroelectronics.

“We welcome ST as a solid partner with strong NFC and lighting expertise and look forward to defining best-in-class standards together for connectivity in industrial lighting,” said Dee Denteneer, Secretary General of the Zhaga Consortium.

ST offers a wide range of solutions for the lighting industry, including LED driver chips, and a rich portfolio of NFC tags, including the ST25DV Series for NFC Forum type 5 dynamic tags.

INDUSTRY | REPORT
Bonding Techniques Help Manufacturing Usher into IoT Era
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ith the market expansion of new electronics products, such as smartphones, electric vehicles (EVs), and industrial equipment, efforts have been made underway towards new manufacturing technologies and engineering methods. Adhesive and bonding technologies, also known as connecting technologies, which are widely used in manufacturing processes of these products, have evolved as well, prepping up the manufacturing industry in the internet of things (IoT) era.

Adhesive and bonding is broadly classified into mechanical connection, such as volt fastening, rivet fastening, and caulking; material joining, such as resistance welding, diffusion bonding, crimping, and brazing; and chemical bonding, such as adhesion using glue, plating, and vapor deposition.

With material connection, processing technology in which laser light is applied has been attracting attention. In laser processing, amplified light is irradiated to join or cut metals and other materials. It is similar to the mechanism of condensing sunlight using a convex lens. It features excellent directional property, and is suitable for fine machining.

INDUSTRY | REPORT
Mounter Makers Take Position as 3D MIDs Gain Ground
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mid the diversification of electronic products, including wearable devices, three-dimensional molded interconnect devices (3D MIDs) have been attracting attention. 3D MIDs enable mounting of components on curved surfaces, which has been difficult to achieve with conventional planar printed circuit boards (PCBs). They enable mounting of diverse components on three-dimensional molded products. Mounters that can handle 3D MIDs have also been increasing.

Profiling 3D MIDs
3D MIDs are molded components made by forming circuits (electrodes) using metal films, such as plating and foil, on the surface of resin molded products. They are composite components with a structure that incorporates circuit, electrode, connector, and shielding functions, and have electrical characteristics. In 3D MIDs, circuits and electrodes can be freely formed on resin molded products, which contributes to the reduction of the number of components, such as flexible printed circuits (FPCs) and PCBs. The number of assembly steps can also be reduced, enabling the miniaturization of components through effective use of space.

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New Platforms Keep Industry Players Connected Amid Pandemic Woes
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ajor global information and communications technology (ICT) and internet of things (IoT) event COMPUTEX Taipei has rescheduled its next event to June 1 to 5, 2021 as the novel corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic continue to jolt major technology events across the world. Originally scheduled in June, COMPUTEX Taipei 2020 was initially to September, until organizers, Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Taipei Computer Association (TCA), decided to reschedule this year’s event to next year.

The last COMPUTEX Taipei held in June 2019 hosted 1,685 exhibitors from 30 countries and attracted 42,495 visitors from 171 countries.

COMPUTEX Taipei is one of the growing list of tech events that have been either postponed or cancelled because of COVID-19. Although COMPUTEX Taipei’s physical event will not be seen until June 2021, the organizers have utilized online platforms to continue to connect industry professionals during this uncertain times.

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Smart Building Technologies to Improve People Well Being
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elta Electronics, Inc., a leader in energy management solutions and a lead proponent of green buildings, believes that more than just saving energy, buildings must also preserve the well being of its occupants. Delta sees the implementation of smart building, which taps internet of things (IoT) technology, to enhance people welfare and effectively respond to a health crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Delta’s IoT-based building automation solutions integrate more control automated systems to enhance occupants’ experience in responding to temperature, humidity, lighting, and indoor air quality,” says Shan-Shan Guo, Chief Brand Officer at Delta Electronics.

At #COMPUTEXOnlineTalks, Delta promoted Smart Well Being – IoT-based Solutions for Buildings, placing its building automation solutions at core.

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Qualcomm Accelerates Intelligent, Connected Future With 5G
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he fifth-generation (5G) mobile network is set to become the next important wireless communications standard that will propel next-generation technologies that will virtually connect everyone and everything. The new mobile network is meant to deliver higher multi-gigabit-per-second peak data speeds with more reliability and massive network capacity.

At the recent #COMPUTEXOnlineTalks, ST Liew, Vice President and President of Taiwan and Southeast Asia, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., underscored the growing need for 5G more than ever now. As the world battles the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Liew noted many have realized the importance of connectivity as most have to stay at home and observe social distancing and quarantine rules to combat the spread of the virus.

“The need for 5G has never been more apparent. 5G marks an important moment where wireless is the superior connectivity choice. Because of this, cellular will move beyond smartphones and embrace many other industries,” Liew said.

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Novel NVIDIA Solutions Cast Innovative Applications
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VIDIA Corporation set the tone for its vision for the next generation of computing that would encompass to wide range of applications from servers, data centers, to automotive, industrial and artificial intelligence (AI). In his keynote speech for #COMPUTEXOnlineTalks, NVIDIA Founder and Chief Executive Officer Jensen Huang also discussed the company’s recent milestones in important new technologies.

“During extraordinary times also come extraordinary opportunities. There are several major trends that we together are driving AI, 5G, IoT (internet of things), robotics and because of the extraordinary lessons we are learning from this pandemics, genomics,” said Huang in a pre-recorded speech from his home in California, United States.

Among the many announcements, Huang emphasized NVIDIA’s efforts in fighting COVID-19 pandemic, as it announced it is expanding the scale of NVIDIA Clara Healthcare platform and joins global medical partners to meet the challenge of the new coronavirus. Combining AI and accelerated computing, the platform helps healthcare researchers, technology solutions providers and hospitals tackle the pandemic faster through improved detection and record-breaking genome sequencing speed.

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BenQ’s Cloud Solutions Fully Support New Business Models
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n light of the changes brought about the recent pandemic, businesses can leverage on the benefits of cloud and internet of things (IoT) technologies. The following companies talked about how BenQ business solutions helped them to optimize business processes to improve the efficiency of their workforce, product and business venues.

BENQ Business Solutions Alliance is composed of more than 20 companies providing solutions in device, infrastructure, system integration and services.

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As social distancing is expected to become the norm, customer and enterprise solutions, powered by cloud and IoT can support the normalization of activities and applications amid the continuing threat of the virus.

Manufacturers Drive Capacitor Development for Automotives
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hile the spread of COVID-19 infections around the globe has slammed the brakes on the growth of the production of automobiles, car makers believe that the market will surely grow in the medium to long term. In particular, they are aiming to expand automotive capacitors setting their sights on autonomous driving.

Automotive capacitors are essentially required to comply with AEC-Q200 reliability testing standard for passive components. In particular, these components are required to exhibit high reliability under high-temperature use, which is unique to automobiles.

The number of electronic control units (ECUs) incorporated in a vehicle has been increasing, reflecting the reinforced level of safety, brought about by advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), the incorporation of new technologies to achieve autonomous driving, and the shift to electrified vehicles (xEVs). With the increase in the number of integrated semiconductor devices, the importance of decoupling capacitors increases. In addition, the role of power capacitors for power supply circuits also grows. The connected, autonomous, shared & services, and electric (CASE) trend also requires new capacitors. Therefore, capacitor manufacturers unceasingly develop new products targeting the ever-growing automotive capacitor market, while eyeing business opportunities for fifth-generation (5G) mobile communications system.

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Murata’s NFM15HC105D0G3/ 18HC106D0G3 MLCCs
NFM15HC105D0G3/ 18HC106D0G3 MLCCs by Murata Manufacturing Co.
Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. has started mass production of two new multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) for automotive applications—NFM15HC105D0G3, a 0402-inch size (1.0×0.5mm) three-terminal low-ESL MLCC, and NFM18HC106D0G3, a three-terminal low-ESL MLCC with one of the highest capacitance rates of 10µF in 0603-inch size (1.6×0.8mm). By employing Murata’s own thin-layer technology and high-precision lamination technology with fine-particle and homogenization technology for ceramic and electrode materials, NFM15HC105D0G3 achieves a volume about 60 percent smaller than that of Murata’s conventional products with the same capacitance, and NFM18HC106D0G3 features a capacitance about ten times higher than that of Murata’s similar-sized conventional products. Both are AEC-Q200 compliant products.
Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
www.murata.com
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