April 2020
Asia Electronics Industry
April 2020 Volume 25, Serial No. 283
Visual chart of 5G's Network Construction
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oyo Keisokuki Co., Ltd. started its business in 1951 at the Akihabara Radio Center in Tokyo, Japan as a trading company of measuring (instruments) it handles electric measuring instruments and components mainly for universities and other educational institutions, and laboratories of major companies. The company has been strengthening its business structure in Japan and has been deploying businesses overseas as well. In the calibration business, it has bases in Malaysia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and Zhuhai in China.

In Japan, Toyo Keisokuki also has sole agency agreements with measuring instruments manufacturers in countries in Europe, as well as in China and Taiwan, and offers an extensive lineup of Japan-made electronic measuring instruments in the overseas market commercially.

AEI News
Murata’s Malaysia Plant Inaugurates New Facility
Artist’s rendering of new facility of Murata Electronic (Malaysia)
Artist’s rendering of new facility of Murata Electronic (Malaysia)
MALAYSIA and JAPAN – Murata Electronics (Malaysia) Sdn.Bhd., the production subsidiary of Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., has already completed construction of its latest production facility. The said facility, which was started in October 2018, is located in Bemban Industrial Park in Malaysia’s state of Perak and was inaugurated recently.

The three-storey facility has a total floor area of 23,000sq.m with a total investment of ¥4 billion (US$32 million). Murata Electronics (Malaysia) is building the needed infrastructure to accommodate further increases in demand, with the aim of expanding its manufacturing capacity. In response to rising demand for electronic components for progressively sophisticated mobile devices, such as smartphones, as well as for electric vehicles.

Murata Electronics (Malaysia) has been established since April 1994 with a capital of 100 million Malaysian Ringgit. Its main line of business is production of chip inductors, noise filters, and common mode choke coils, and has about 1,100 employees.

Evolution of Visual Inspection Eyes Ultrasmall Components, Taps AI


n 2019, aggressive capital expenditures eased in the electronic components industry, which had shown vigorous expansion in production capacity since 2015. However, there is no indication of a future downtrend. While some production adjustments are on-going, a possible production expansion is seriously being considered in five to ten years, specifically from the response to the upcoming 5G smartphone support and technological trends and expanding demand in the automotive market brought about by CASE or connected, automated, shared, and electric, for example.

With the start of a new decade, the need for inspection is expected to become more prominent and will remain active because of the continuing miniaturization of electronic components and the requirement for higher-quality and higher-reliability electronic components represented by in-vehicle applications.

JARA, SEMI Promote Global M2M Standard for SMT Lines


n close cooperation with Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI), the Japan Robot Association (JARA) has been promoting SEMI SMT-ELS, a global machine-to-machine (M2M) communication standard for surface mounting technology (SMT) lines. The two organizations earnestly participate in manufacturing equipment-related exhibitions worldwide. Recently, they promoted the global M2M communications standards at IPC APEX EXPO 2020, which took place from Feb. 4 to 6 in San Diego, California in the United States.

Mounter manufacturers have been promoting smart factory, which achieves significant improvement in productivity by incorporating an internet of things (IoT)-based integrated production system on surface mounting lines for producing electronic circuit boards.

Yamaha’s 1 STOP SMART SOLUTION Realizes Smart Manufacturing

mid the advancements of digital transformation today, with the keywords of fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology, artificial intelligence (AI), and electric vehicle (EV), trends towards digitization and increased use of electronic components in the social system and products have been increasingly accelerating. At the same time, restructuring of production bases and supply chains has become active, and needs for measures to cope with labor shortages and soaring labor costs in the medium to long term have also been surely increasing. As a countermeasure to these trends and needs, smart manufacturing, in which internet of things (IoT) technologies typified by Industrie 4.0, are applied, has been spreading, and efforts have started at electronic components mounting factories as well.

In this process, an important key for realizing smart manufacturing is the machine-to-machine (M2M) linkage of equipment in constructing mounting line. Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. supports M2M linkage not only among its own machines but also with other companies’ machines, and already has a track record of installation in many companies.

Yamaha Motor
Yamaha Parades 1 STOP SMART SOLUTION Lineup
Yamaha YRM20 New Premium High-Efficiency Modular Mounter
YRM20 New Premium High-Efficiency Modular Mounter
YRM20 is an innovative and versatile high-speed mounter consisting of an all-new next-generation platform and two types of heads: a newly developed high-speed rotary RM head and a new inline HM head that offers both high speed and high versatility thanks to “1-head solution”. Used in combination with a new high-speed feeder, YRM20 achieved a mounting speed of 115,000cph (during Yamaha’s test on Jan. 10, 2020), the fastest in the two-beam two-head class.
FUJI Smart Factory Optimizes End-to-End Production Process

ew innovations and services have helped improve lifestyles to become more comfortable and convenient. When it comes to cars, these innovations and services include advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS), connected cars, and ride sharing, as well as technologies that not only give convenience, but safety as well. Innovations have also provided humans more time – a commodity that is perhaps even more valuable than the money-related technologies that save time, particularly, cashless payment options like mobile wallets and digital currency. At the core of all these beneficial services is a great number of various electronic devices.

Taking a look at the electronics industry, it can be seen that the smartphone sector, which was setting the course for the entire industry, had lower sales than the previous year for two years in a row in 2017 and 2018, while the cost of labor continues to climb amid a shrinking working population.

As electronic devices have continued to evolve, the parts being used to manufacture their main boards and modular components have gotten smaller with denser part placement, and the processes for manufacturing them have become more diverse. In today’s factories, the surface-mount technology (SMT) machines and processes used to manufacture these products not only need to handle high-mix part supply and on-demand production, they also need to be able to provide the flexibility required for day-to-day production plans. FUJI CORPORATION provides solutions to SMT customers in the form of FUJI Smart Factory – working together with customers to build smart factories that are highly profitable with high operation rates.

NXTR Electronic Component Mounter
  • Zero placement defects
    Stable, high-quality placement can be maintained using a newly developed sensing technology to monitor the status of the machine in real time and to control the stress on parts and panels at the same time.
  • Zero machine operators
    The newly developed Smart Loader completely automates part supply and changeover for the next production according to the production schedule. This prevents short stops from part supply errors and similar issues that are caused by delays and mistakes during supply work.
  • Zero machine stops
    NXTR inherits the complete modularity concept employed by NXT. Heads and other units can be exchanged without tools, making it possible to perform maintenance offline. Predictive maintenance is made possible through self-diagnosis, preventing sudden machine stops from affecting the production plan.
Impedance Analyzer Evaluates True Characteristics of Devices Under Test

atest electronic devices, encompassing electric vehicles (EVs), which contribute in the dissemination towards the realization of a low-carbon society; with high-speed communication standards; smartphones; and wearable devices, have spurred the growth of the market.

While technological innovations, such as performance enhancement, downsizing, and energy savings, are being required, stabilized quality and improved cost competitiveness have become more important issues. This situation also holds true for electronic components that constitute electronic devices.

This article from NF Corporation introduces measurement examples using the latest impedance analyzer regarding the evaluation of electronic components and materials that face stricter requirements in terms of performance, quality and cost.

Measurement Solutions Rally Behind 5G Adoption


n 2019, the United States and Korea were first to start commercial services of fifth-generation (5G) communications standard, which was followed by China and countries in Europe, making it an important year for the global mobile industry. 5G terminals sold in 2019 were mainly high-end smartphones that support sub-6GHz, except those that were sold in the United States wherein millimeter wave (mmWave) services are the mainstream. In 2020, sub-6GHz commercial 5G services will be launched in the United States, whereas in China, more than half of middle-range models are planned to support 5G. The spread of 5G is expected to advance dramatically.

In Japan, frequencies were allocated to four telecommunications carriers in Apr. 2019, and pre-services were carried out during Rugby World Cup in Sept. 2019. In the lead-up to the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, full commercial services are planned to start in spring 2020.

MOBILITY | Taiwan Special
Taiwan Eyes Automotive as Next Phase of Crucial Growth

aiwan was able to establish a solid business foundation for the personal computer industry and has enjoyed the same in the smartphone market. Against this backdrop, the automotive components industry is positioned as the next linchpin of the industry.

Taiwan has already established a considerable business scale in the automotive components field. With exports in 2019 coming to US$65.3 million (as of Nov. 2019), it has become a competitive industry with a developed supply chain.

MOBILITY | Taiwan Special
LITE-ON Reinforces R&D, Automotive Portfolio

aiwan’s LITE-ON Technology Corporation has stepped up the accelerator to expand its automotive electronics business. LITE-ON deploys optical components, power supplies, modules and internet of things (IoT) businesses, as well as original design manufacturing (ODM) business, globally.

The revenue of LITE-ON Group in 2019 stood at NT$178 billion. It has presence in 334 locations worldwide, about 46 of which are manufacturing facilities.

The company’s automotive electronics applications (AEA) business started in 1979 and has developed a wide variety of products targeted at this field since then. In July 2019, LITE-ON structured the AEA business into three departments: vehicle light solutions, automotive vision solutions, and vehicle control applications, to meet global demand.

MOBILITY | Taiwan Special
Taiwanese Startup Fortifies Presence in Car Market

IESS Corporation was founded in 2017 and aims to become a total solutions provider in vehicle and consumer electronics fields, as well as in connected software solutions for various applications. Among its shareholders include Foxconn Interconnect Technology Limited (FIT), a subsidiary of Foxconn Corporation.

Predicting Driver’s Needs
In an interview with Asia Electronics Industry, John Hong, Chairman at WIESS said the company’s portfolio are mainly digital automotive and motorcycle clusters. Towards the end of this year, the company, Hong said, will start producing other products aside from digital clusters.

“Our company is composed of a group of engineers and develops innovative technologies meeting the rapid trend of vehicles to incorporate information and communication technology (ICT) with design ability, which mainly handles car electronics,” Hong said.

MOBILITY | Taiwan Special
Altek Technology Zeroes in on AI, Sensing

ltek Corporation has expanded its business focusing on original design manufacturing (ODM) of digital cameras and made an inroad into the automotive industry around 2005. The company has developed rear cameras and surround view cameras by using digital camera technology it has earned through the years.

Amid rapid changes in the environment surrounding automotive electronic parts in recent years, Altek has shifted its focus from the conventional “viewing” function to “detect” and gaze around the improvement of sensing function. The company specifically focuses on the development of sensing technology combined with artificial intelligence (AI).

With vehicle operation control, the company delivers camera modules equipped with AI chip to vehicle operation control companies. A two-lens camera module with AI is installed on the front glass and controls inside and outside of vehicle, enabling automatic communication in an event of an emergency, such as an accident.

Alex Hsia, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Altek Corporation
Alex Hsia, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Altek Corporation
MOBILITY | Taiwan Special
PHIHONG Hinges Strength on Complete EV Charger Solution

he history PHIHONG TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD. stands on solid ground, having been a supplier of power supplies and chargers for about 50 years. Power supplies and chargers are used in various categories, including cameras, mobile phones, and power tools. PHIHONG TECHNOLOGY handles original equipment manufacturing (OEM) and original design manufacturing (ODM) of leading manufacturers that produce these products globally and ranks among the world’s top ten suppliers.

PHIHONG TECHNOLOGY is headquartered in Taipei and has a research and development (R&D) center in Tainan. It also maintains four production bases in China and Vietnam, and sales bases in countries in North America and Europe, as well as in Japan.

Provides Software Solutions, Too
In order to meet diversifying global needs, each production base obtains certifications for ISO9001 quality management system standard and product safety standard. In addition, bases also obtain ISO13485 certification for medical device quality management system standard as the company handles medical-related equipment as well.

MOBILITY | Taiwan Special
Taiwanese LED Headlight Startup Targets Smart Lighting

uan Fan Electro-optical Technology Co., Ltd. (XFE) is a start-up light-emitting diode (LED) headlights manufacturer established in 2015. Richard Chen, General Manager at XFE was engaged in the research and development (R&D) of LED headlights at a leading electronics manufacturer before putting XFE.

XFE specializes in R&D of light sources and light distribution of LED headlights. The company deploys a business model to consign constituting components and manufacture to partner companies, which commercialize products that meet respective markets.

Accurate Light Distribution
At present, XFE has been developing products for the car aftermarket, targeting replacement demand from halogen bulbs to LED bulbs. The main consideration in replacement is the achievement of accurate light distribution compliant with standards of various countries, and XFE’s strength is the very capability to achieve accurate light distribution.

MOBILITY | Taiwan Special
FUKUTA ELEC. & MACH. Leverages Experience in EV Business

stablished in 1988, FUKUTA ELEC. & MACH. CO., LTD. has expanded its business centering on industrial-use general-purpose motors and servo motors. In 2005, it started delivering motors to a start-up electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer in North America and this marked the company’s foray to full-scale EV motor business.

At present, the company has expanded the EV motor business to low-floor EV buses, and electric motorcycles, as well as EVs. The EV-related business accounts for almost half of the company’s sales, becoming the motive power for business expansion of the company.

At present, FUKUTA ELEC. & MACH. has three plants in Taiwan with a total site area of 84,300sq.m with about 300 employees. The company has a track record of sales in 34 countries, including North America, Canada, India, and Japan, combining industrial-use and EV-use motors.

MOBILITY | Taiwan Special
K.S. Terminals Bolsters Lineup of EV Charger Connectors

bout one-hour ride on high-speed train from Taipei station, Changhua railway station is located almost at the center of Taiwan. Here stands K.S. TERMINALS INC., a known manufacturer of terminal and connector products that are used in many industries, including new energy, electric vehicles (EVs), railway transport, and communications networks.

In 1973, K.S. TERMINALS started as an original equipment manufacturing (OEM) for terminals. Although the company was then faced with the oil crisis and high inflation that struck Taiwan, it focused on its business operations and gave priority to quality, the reason why it was able to establish its own track record in the terminal and connector market.

MOBILITY | Taiwan Special
EverFocus Vehicle Information Systems Target U.S., Europe

s a comprehensive manufacturer of security equipment that makes use of cameras and digital video recording systems, EverFocus Electronics Corporation secures high market share in the United States as well as countries in Europe. With vehicle monitoring systems, the company has a track record of supplying mobile DVRs for trucks and buses. The company will focus on the creation of next-generation vehicle monitoring and management systems that go further ahead from the existing systems.

Supports Intel, NVIDIA Platforms
Fleet management involves many critical elements for transportation business operators, including asset protection, reduction of opportunity loss, and the reduction of risks. EverFocus Electronics’ systems combine cameras and mobile DVRs providing solutions to challenges involving fleet management.

CKD Improves Design of 3D Solder Paste Inspection Machines
The front face of the VP9000 Series machines was made to appear roundish to create a more streamlined design of the bottom part.

KD Corporation has recently released the VP9000 Series three-dimensional (3D) solder paste inspection machine, which features a new front design with gently rounded corners.

Refined design is required for equipment on the production site as well. In particular, in the United States and countries in Europe, there are strong needs for better designs for solder paste inspection machines.

To deliver an improved appearance, CKD has made the front face of the VP9000 Series roundish, thereby attaining a streamlined design for the bottom of the inspection machine. VP9000M supports M-size substrates measuring 50×50mm to 330×250mm, while VP9000L supports L-size substrates measuring 50×50mm to 510×460mm.

JUKI Extends Smart Solution to Non-Mounting Sector
By connecting its wide range of production machines, the company is able to create solutions that can cater to regions outside of mounting.

everaging JUKI Smart Solution, JUKI Corporation has been offering its compliant manufacturing equipment that realizes high-efficiency production, to the non-mounting sector.

Promotes Automation of Production
JUKI has in its portfolio, a full lineup of equipment used in a mounting line, ranging from components warehouses (intelligent storage management systems), and automated guided vehicles (AGVs) in the pre-process, to odd-formed components mounters (multi-task platforms), screw fastening robots, and component insertion robots in the post-process, as well as solder paste printers, mounters, and automated optical inspection (AOI) systems.
Japan Unix Equips Soldering Robots with IoT
Through the implementation of Soldering Manager to its solder products, UNIX-DF and UNIX-GF Series soldering robots enable connectivity functions.

apan Unix Co., Ltd. has been expanding its lineup of soldering robots equipped with internet of things (IoT) technology by integrating software that visualizes operation conditions.

As the first step of implementing IoT in soldering robots, Japan Unix has released software for managing soldering robots, Soldering Manager, and has been expanding its lineup of soldering robots that support the software.

Tokyo Weld Markets Multi-Module Test Handler, Insert Handler
In an effort to expand its lineup of products, the company has brought to market the newly developed machines.

okyo Weld Co., Ltd. has started market offering of the newly developed Multi Module Test Handler (MMTH) and Multi Module Insert Handler (MMIH).

Multi Module Test Handler
The MMTH general-purpose test handler can be rearranged based on customers’ requirements. Feed, test and discharge sections are modularized, and the company combines diverse modules to meet a wide range of needs.

Among the available modules include test modules for different visual inspection, electric measurement, optical measurement and temperature measurement; input/output modules for parts feeder, wafer sheet, tray, and taping; assist modules for classification of good and defective products and characteristics, product alignment, product reversing, and marking; and support modules for automated nozzle replacement, nozzle cleaning, and LD/ULD.

Test | Measurement
5G Test Solutions Drive Anritsu’s Strong Business Results
The high demand for 5G tests coupled by adoption activities in China and the United States pulled up the company’s numbers.

nritsu Corporation has posted a strong showing in its business results. Driven by test solutions for fifth-generation (5G) terminals, the company recorded higher income and profit in consolidated performance in Q3 (Apr. to Dec. 2019) of the term ending in Mar. 2020. Also, Anritsu has revised upward its business performance forecast for the entire fiscal year at the time of the announcement of interim results.

The company’s business performance in Q3 significantly grew with sales of ¥76.4 billion (US$686 million), increasing 7 percent from the same period the previous year; operating profit of ¥11.3 billion (US$104 million), increasing 47 percent on the year, and current income of ¥8.3 billion (US$76 million), increasing 33 percent on the year.

Hirokazu Hamada, Representative Director, President of Anritsu, Group Chief Executive Officer
Hirokazu Hamada, Representative Director, President of Anritsu, Group Chief Executive Officer
Test | Measurement
Nihon Denkei Supports Advancing Measurement Technologies
More recently, the company has entered into contract services for environment and standard test certification for automobiles.

ihon Denkei Co., Ltd., a trading company specializing in electric and electronic measuring instruments, expands contract services for environment test and standard certification mainly for automobiles as a new business.

Shifts Focus of Business to Systems
Tanho Yanagi, President of Nihon Denkei Co., Ltd., says, “With the demand for electric and electronic measuring instrument as individual instruments decreasing around the world, our company shifts our business focus from individual measuring instruments to systems. As part of our efforts, we will expand contract test and standard certification services, responding to the progress of measurement technologies.”
Tanho Yanagi, President of Nihon Denkei Co., Ltd.
Tanho Yanagi, President of Nihon Denkei Co., Ltd.
Micro-Pitch Connector Supports 5G’s 32Gbps Transmission

EL Corporation steps up its lineup of products for the next-generation high-speed communication standard, fifth-generation (5G) equipment. As the first product targeted at the 5G and internet of things (IoT) market, KEL has developed the TSL Series 0.55mm-pitch high-performance connector for coaxial cables compliant with 32Gbps high-speed transmission. Set for market release this April, the TSL Series is positioned as a strategic product for the future, targeting 5G and IoT peripheral equipment that require high-speed transmission.

Next-Generation Connector
The TSL Series is a next-generation board-to-cable connector that supports high-speed differential transmission of up to 32Gbps transmission. To achieve high-speed transmission, the TSL Series employs enhanced noise countermeasure. KEL’s 0.5mm-pitch SSL Series connector for micro-coaxial cables features multiple ground terminals for enhanced transmission characteristics. The TSL Series, meanwhile, is provided with a larger number of ground terminals than the SSL Series to reinforce grounding performance.

Crystal Oscillator Exhibits Industry-Leading Low-Phase Jitter

ecently, market requirements for low-jitter reference clocks have been increasing to improve performance of high-speed and large-capacity communication standards. This came in light of the emergence of high-speed communication technologies, like fifth-generation (5G) communication and Long-Term Evolution (LTE) standards, as well as serial communications, such as synchronous optical networking (SONET)/synchronous digital hierarchy (SDH), 10G-bit/Ethernet, serial ATA, and Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCI-Express).

If the jitter is large, it may interfere with adjacent signals and cause noise and communication performance deterioration.

Sensing Devices Implement Printed Electronics Technology

he development of sensing devices using printed electronics (PE) technology has been gaining steam. On the back of the progress of internet of things (IoT), sensing solutions have come to be used in various scenes. PE technology attracts attention as it provides flexibility in the commercialization of products and production cost advantage. The implementation of PE technology-applied sensors has been expanding in a wide range of fields, including medical-related field.

In general, PE technology refers to printing technology used in the development of functional products. On the academic front, research and development of related materials, printing processes and next-generation PE-applied products has been becoming active. Private companies have been accelerating the development of new products with PE technology at core as part of their medium- to long-term growth strategies. In particular, printed circuit board manufacturers are applying their mass production technologies based on the patterning method using screen printing. Variable resistor manufacturers have been advancing their technologies for the printing of resistive element at the sliding section.

In-Car Electronics Sustain Growth Trajectory, MaaS Draws New Demand

he automotive electronic components market has been growing significantly faster than the number of vehicles due to the progress in advanced automotive functions and in electric vehicles (EVs)/hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). In particular, sensors and communication devices and camera-related components, which constitute key devices for advanced driving-assistance systems (ADAS) and automatic driving, as well as power devices that support eco-friendly vehicles, are growing rapidly along with technological advances of vehicles. The global demand for in-vehicle electronic components is expected to continue double-digit growth every year. From around the mid-2020s, the demand for in-vehicle 5G is expected to rise in full scale.

In 2018, the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA) released the “Outlook for Global Output of In-Vehicle Electronic Control Units (ECUs) and Noticeable Devices from the Perspective of CASE in 2030”. According to the report, the worldwide production of ECUs in 2030 is expected to increase dramatically to twice that of 2017, and the number of devices required for CASE or connected, automated, shared & services, and electronic will be approximately four times on the same year.

Business | Strategy
NF Hastens Transformation in Areas Contiguous to Core Businesses

F Corp. intends to create new markets and new businesses by further strengthening its four core businesses namely electronic measurement and control, power supply systems, electronic devices, and applied systems.

Tsuneo Takahashi, Chairman of the Board & Group Chief Executive Officer, NF Corp., says, “We have been stepping up efforts to create new businesses that are contiguous to our group’s core technologies by reorganizing group businesses in a cross-sectional manner and through cooperation among each group company’s marketing, production and development sections.”

NF’s group companies include Chiyoda Electronics Co., Ltd.; Keisokugiken Corp.; NF Techno Commerce Co., Ltd.; NF Fieldtech Co., Ltd.; NF Device Technologies Co., Ltd.; and NF Engineering Co., Ltd.

Business | Strategy 2020
KYOCERA Corporation
Hideo Tanimoto, President
Hideo Tanimoto, President
Since taking office as president I have been working to achieve model lines to double production, and these lines have gone into operation at all plants in Kokubu and Sendai in Kagoshima Prefecture, Gamo in Shiga Prefecture, Hirakata in Osaka Prefecture, and Tamaki in Mie Prefecture. These are basically unmanned automated lines.

Under our business innovation project, the Kyocera Head Office has been working on the innovation of processes since FY2018, and for them to be horizontally spread to the entire company starting FY2020. We will establish a company-level organization that will oversee the digital business.

Although we set sales of ¥2 trillion (US$19billion) and a pretax profit ratio of 15 percent as goals for FY2020, we revised these figures for FY2021. Our 50:50 policy of increasing sales and profit through autonomous growth and mergers and acquisitions remains unchanged. This is the period of technological transformation with growing markets, such as 5G, autonomous driving, and renewable energy, and I expect the annual growth rate of the component business to be around several percent. We will not be able to produce profit unless we sell components together with software and solutions.

In FY2019, we achieved record sales for three consecutive years, and would like to make another record for FY2020. I encourage employees to take on challenges without fear of failure.

Nichicon Corporation
Shigeo Yoshida, President
Shigeo Yoshida, President
We intend to expand the capacitor business and the Nichicon Energy-Control System Technology (NECST) business of circuits and power supply-applied equipment to each account for 50 percent of the company’s sales, targeting record sales for the third consecutive year in FY2020.

In order to meet increased demand for film capacitors for DC link inverters for electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid vehicles (HVs), we invested in equipment at Harbor Electronics Co., Ltd., a group company that produces small film capacitors for electronic equipment, in addition to increasing production at the Kusatsu Plant. Last spring, Harbor Electronics started production of large film capacitors for inverters to increase the supply capacity in Japan.

In April 2018, we started the assembly of film capacitors from winding at Suqian Plant in China, which is producing conductive polymer aluminum solid electrolytic capacitors, and has been preparing for the construction of new production building for integrated production. We begin production of 8φ and 12.5φ lithium ion rechargeable batteries, in addition to 3φ product for touch pens of new smartphones.

We plan to bolster the NECST business also in EV-related systems and equipment, including new power grid-connected V2H system; tribrid energy storage system; Power Mover EV power station; and portable energy storage system without the need for installation.

Naoto Yamada, President
Naoto Yamada, President
We have in place a production system that can accommodate increase in demand this year, and we will focus our efforts to increase profit under the present system.

In terms of the company’s overseas production system, OKAYA LANKA (PRIVATE) LIMITED located in Sri Lanka resumed production of film capacitors and coils in the second half of FY2019. The Dongguan Plant in China transferred film capacitors to the Sri Lanka Plant, and at present, is producing noise filters for machine tools. We will nurture the Dongguan Plant as a local production base of noise filters for local consumption.

With respect to Japan domestic market, the Nagano Technical Center has transferred the production of noise filters to the Saitama Technical Center, and is now operating as a specialized base for technological development. The Saitama Technical Center has established a new business system to mass produce surge absorbers for lightning surge countermeasure and noise filters for electromagnetic interference countermeasure, and proposes both products as a set for industrial equipment. Fukushima Factory’s noise filters will also be transferred to th Saitama Technical Center to produce light-emitting diodes and sensors.

In terms of our marketing strategy, we will make efforts to cultivate new customers overseas. By field, we intend to propose chip surge absorbers for 5G base stations.

3D Molding Process, Organic Electronics Take Shape at Flexible Electronics Show


Flex2020, an exhibition dedicated for flexible devices, was held at Tokyo Big Sight from Jan. 29 to 31. It featured materials, devices, processes and software for the fifth-generation (5G) communications era.

This report introduces two innovations from reports of the Research Group for Flexible Technologies, Innovation Center for Organic Electronics (INOEL) of Yamagata University.

The Research Group for Flexible Technologies promotes “needs-first” kind of industry-academia collaboration, giving priority on corporate needs, mainly in the field of the technology of flexible organic electronics. This collaboration is different from the traditional “seed-first” kind of industry-academia collaboration, which depends on a unique technology developed by a university. The new style of industry-academia collaboration focuses on technology development required by companies.

Corning Taps Qualcomm for 5G mmWave In-Building Network Systems


orning Incorporated has partnered with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, in the development of 5G mmWave infrastructure systems for enterprises and public venues. The 5G systems are designed to combine Qualcomm Technologies’ 5G and mmWave technology with Corning’s small-cell expertise to deliver affordable and easy-to-install 5G-ready networks indoors.

Michelle Engarto, Vice President for Wireless Product Line Management, Corning Optical Communications, “By combining the technology leadership and experience from Corning and Qualcomm Technologies, we aim to offer a compelling and affordable solution for 5G mmWave systems specifically developed with the enterprise in mind.”

Technical Studies Yield Novel Sensors for IoT, Medical Uses


t the JFlex 2020 Show in Japan, the Grand Prix of the JFlex Award was given to the Division of Printed Device Technology Research, Research Center for Organic Electronics (ROEL) of Yamagata University for its study on the development of various printed electronics, including new sensors, using printed organic transistors and flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) integrated devices. The research group received high evaluation remarks for making significant progress in realizing soft interfaces that casually connect people and information.

The research division aims to achieve new innovations that contribute to the internet of things (IoT) society by contributing to the development of technology fields that use organic materials in harmony with the environment, health, and people. Organic materials can be made in large areas at low temperatures using the printing process. They are also thin, light, bendable, and are easily recycled. The strength of the research division lies in covering wide research areas, from materials to applied devices that include, the 1) creation of organic materials and metal nanomaterials with innovative characteristics and physical properties; 2) construction of next-generation printing process technology for organic device fabrication; 3) development of printed organic transistors on a practical level and their application to integrated circuits; 4) development of physical sensors, biosensors, thin-film batteries, among others; and 5) construction of hybrid electronics (FHE) technology that uses Si-LSI (Figure 1).

ConverTECH Japan | 2020
Properties of New Electronic Materials to Optimize Products


onverting Technology Exhibition 2020 (Convertech JAPAN 2020) was held from Jan. 29 to 31 at Tokyo Big Sight in Tokyo, Japan. The event houses concurrent events comprising neo functional material 2020, JFleX2020, and 3Decotech Expo2020. It featured companies related to functional materials and films, film-forming and processing equipment, flexible and hybrid electronics, and printed electronics, promoting diverse new technologies and products.

This article introduces materials technologies showcased by Mitsui Mining & Smelting Co., Ltd. and Mitsubishi Materials Corporation.

Mitsui Mining & Smelting: Battery-Related Materials

All-solid state battery
Mitsui Mining & Smelting has developed argyrodite sulfide solid electrolyte (Photo 1) that is electrochemically stable and has lithium ion conductivity equivalent to that of electrolytic solution.

Product | News
Ricoh Electronic Devices’ RP605 Series DC/DC Converter
The Ricoh Electronic Devices’ RP605 Series DC/DC Converter

Ricoh Electronic Devices Co., Ltd. has released the RP605 Series ultralow quiescent current buck-boost DC/DC converter containing a battery monitor. The new IC, designed for internet of things (IoT), is a next-generation product of the RP604 Series, a buck-boost DC/DC converter featuring ultralow quiescent current of 0.3µA. It achieves input voltage of 1.8 to 5.5V, the quiescent current of typically 0.4μA (DCDC Section: 0.3μA, Battery Monitor (BM) Section: 0.1 μA), and can prolong battery operating time of IoT devices. Other key specifications are as follows: maximum output current of 300mA (at buck operation); output voltage range of 1.6 V to 5.2 V; and output accuracy of ±1.5 percent. The RP605 Series’ battery monitor pin makes it possible to construct a low supply current and high-accuracy battery monitoring circuit with a small number of external components, thus shrinking the size of IoT devices and reduce supply current. IoT devices and reduce supply current.
Ricoh Electronic Devices Co., Ltd.

Qualcomm-Powered C-V2X Solutions Get European Nod


ualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, has announced multiple Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) products from leading automotive and infrastructure suppliers that integrate the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X platform. Qualcomm said these products have already completed certification in accordance to the European Radio Equipment Directive (RED) Certification in Europe, a requirement for placing radio equipment on the market.

The company considers this as a major step forward toward the commercial introduction of C-V2X in Europe.

C-V2X is a global solution for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and V2X communication designed to enhance road safety and facilitate smart transportation systems, including support of automated driving. Developed by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) organization, C-V2X establishes the foundation to support safety use-cases with a path for integration into next generation 5G technologies.

A new European Standard (EN) defining the use of C-V2X as an access layer technology for Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) devices was recently approved through the European Telecommunication Standardization Institute (ETSI). In addition, all the ETSI standards and specifications that define other ITS protocols above the access layer have been updated to support utilization of C-V2X as the underlying access layer.

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