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Murata Manufacturing Co Ltd announced that it has started volume production of a 0201-size (0.25 x 0.125mm) multilayer ceramic capacitor.

The company started the volume production in late April 2014 at a rate of 10 million units per month at Fukui Murata Manufacturing Co Ltd (Echizen City, Fukui Prefecture) and plans to increase the rate to 30 million units per month in or after October 2014.

Compared with 0402-size (0.4 x 0.2mm) products, a 0201-size part can reduce footprint by about half. Murata expects that the new capacitor will be employed for smartphones and wearable devices, whose components are required to be smaller and lower in height. The capacitor will be used for impedance matching in high-frequency circuits and decoupling for IC power-supply lines.

While the capacitor reduces footprint, its smaller size narrows capacitance range. In the cases of a capacitor for temperature compensation and a high-dielectric constant capacitor, the capacitance ranges are 1p to 10pF (0.2p to 100pF for the 0402 size) and 1,000p to 10nF (680p to 100nF for the 0402 size product whose rated voltage is 6.3Vdc), respectively. But Murata plans to increase the capacitance ranges of its 0201-size capacitors.