Utilizing IoT and Drones on the Frontline of Smart Agriculture

The key to smart agriculture is the utilization of robots, AI, IoT, ICT and other advanced technologies. Introducing self-driving tractors, self-navigating drones, yield combine harvesters, harvesting robots, drones and other technologies into agriculture will solve long-standing challenges and secure a workforce of skilled workers while saving on labor and manpower. The goal is to realize a new and advanced form of agriculture in which yield and quality improve, costs decrease, and incomes increases.

  • Agriculture
  • IoT
  • sensors

Automotive MLCCs Balancing Reliability with Miniaturization and High Capacitance in a Closely Intertwined Evolution with the CASE Trend (3/3)

In Part 3 of our series, we will learn about the direction of development associated with the remaining two elements consisting of Shared and Services (S) and Electric (E), as well as the measures implemented when conducting advanced development of technologies and products in anticipation of needs amid changing automobile industry supply chains.

  • Automotive
  • CASE
  • Developer Interview
  • Ceramic Capacitor
  • Capacitor

Automotive MLCCs Balancing Reliability with Miniaturization and High Capacitance in a Closely Intertwined Evolution with the CASE Trend (2/3)

Part 2 of our series will introduce the technologies and production systems that support the strengths of Murata’s automotive MLCCs. In addition, we also heard more about the direction of automotive MLCC development due to the progress of the Connected (C) and Autonomous (A) features that are part of the four elements that make up the CASE trend.

  • Automotive
  • CASE
  • Developer Interview
  • Ceramic Capacitor
  • Capacitor

Automotive MLCCs Balancing Reliability with Miniaturization and High Capacitance in a Closely Intertwined Evolution with the CASE Trend (1/3)

Automotive MLCCs must prioritize the implementation of a higher level of quality that is completely different from the MLCCs for consumer devices. We spoke with two automotive MLCC product technology managers who are well versed in the application and technology requirement trends in the automotive industry about the type of MLCCs required in the CASE era, the frontlines of technology development to meet those requirements, and future developments.

  • Automotive
  • CASE
  • Developer Interview
  • Ceramic Capacitor
  • Capacitor

Murata Manufacturing’s New Data Business Formed Through B2B Alliances (Part 1) - Creating New Businesses with Local Partners

The role of B2B alliances is becoming ever more important when transitioning from the conventional business model of manufacturing and selling electronic components toward providing a data-selling service. On this occasion, we spoke to Mr. Tsumori of Murata, who operates the “Traffic Counter System,” and Mr. Haruno Subiyanto, a representative of a local partner with whom we have formed an alliance to expand our operations in Indonesia.

  • Developer Interview
  • Data Business
  • Traffic Counter System
  • Co-Creation

Installing Electronic Circuits of Dramatically Increasing Size into Compact Devices - Murata's MLCC for 5G Smartphones (Part 2 of 2)

In Part 2, we talked about the difficulties in developing MLCC-specific manufacturing technology and the technology that solved our issues, as well as why Murata’s development system is so strong and continues to lead the way in miniaturizing and increasing the capacitance of MLCCs. Murata engineers also explained the prospects for further miniaturization and capacitance expansion of MLCCs.

  • 5G
  • Developer Interview
  • Ceramic Capacitor
  • Capacitor
  • Smartphone

Unique Architecture for Buck Regulators Reduces Size and Increases Efficiency

“Smaller size and more efficient” are common objectives sought by many of our customers. When it comes to Murata’s power conversion products, our power design team have developed solutions leading to a 2x reduction in footprint and a one-third reduction in height, with significant improvement in efficiency, transient performance and EMI. Murata’s step-level increase in performance, the result of a unique two-stage architecture that uses many low voltage FETs throughout the powertrain in a complex arrangement, enables thinner and more mobile designs, with improved packing density and efficiency.

  • 5G
  • Module
  • Miniaturization

Ultra-Compact, Low-Power-Consumption Cellular LPWA Modules, Enabling All Kinds of Internet Connections (Part 1 of 2)

In recent years, IoT has made it possible to collect detailed data from various locations in the real world, but there have been challenges in collecting data over long distances of several kilometers. Murata has developed a cellular LPWA module that enables long-distance wireless communication with ultra-small size and low power consumption, and also enables reliable data collection without the need for specialized expertise in wireless communication. We interviewed the people in charge about the envisioned usage scenarios and the efforts being made in the development process.

  • LPWA
  • Module
  • IoT
  • Developer Interview

The sensor-based “predictive maintenance” implementation at Murata's Fukui Manufacturing facility(Part 1 of 2)

Since the popularization of the word “IoT,” many have recognized the necessity of its implementation in various industrial fields. This interview is a discussion presenting the points to advancing the integration of IoT technology in manufacturing sites in addition to the results and background of the implementation of IoT technology at Fukui Murata Manufacturing Co.

  • Smart Factory
  • IoT
  • Maintenance

Murata's Vehicle-mounted Inductor Products for Supporting Advancements in Vehicle-mounted Networks Through Timely and Appropriate Product Development (Part 2 of 2)

In Part 2, we focus on two product categories among the vehicle-mounted inductor products developed and provided by Murata, and we asked engineers about the strengths of these products and the direction of future advancements.

  • PoC
  • Noise Suppression Products
  • Common mode choke coils/common mode noise filters
  • Chip ferrite bead
  • Inductors
  • Automotive
  • Mobility
  • Developer Interview

Murata's vehicle-mounted inductors:Supporting advancements in vehicle-mounted networks with strategic product development(Part 1 of 2)

Technical developments in vehicle-mounted networks are proceeding at a dizzying pace, and these advancements have further accelerated now that the CASE era will soon be upon us. At Murata, we were among the first to develop products compliant with the latest vehicle-mounted network standards, and have established a product development and production system capable of supplying the required volume of electronic components with the needed characteristics at the time that they are needed.

  • PoC
  • Noise Suppression Products
  • Common mode choke coils/common mode noise filters
  • Chip ferrite bead
  • Inductors
  • Automotive
  • Mobility
  • Developer Interview

Pursuing Higher Precision in Inertial Force Sensors for Safe Self-Driving Cars (Part 1 of 2)

The era of self-driving cars traveling on city streets is fast approaching. There are great expectations for the practical application of self-driving cars as solutions to many social issues, such as securing safe means of transportation, and reducing traffic congestion and accidents. However, it is not easy to replace the advanced driving skills of a human driver with those of computers and artificial intelligence.
To achieve this, it is essential to introduce cutting-edge technology.

  • sensors
  • Automotive
  • Automated Driving
  • Developer Interview

Murata's Oxide-based Solid-state Batteries for Expanding the Range of Applications for IoT Devices and Supporting More Advanced Wearables (Part 1 of 2)

The solid-state batteries developed by Murata are a groundbreaking technology that has the potential to expand the usage applications for mobile electronic devices. We asked the Murata engineers who were involved in this development about how the development occurred, features of the developed solid-state battery, and the direction of advancements going forward.

  • All-solid-state batteries
  • Developer Interview

5G: Technology

5G Mission Critical Systems

Due to the ultra-high-reliability and low-latency communications (URLLC) of 5G, Mission Critical Communications (MCC) has been highlighted as a key area as part of the 3GPP Release. Delivered as part of a core network service it will allow emergency services to replace traditional radio, with more modern communications methods already available to smart phone users.

  • 5G
  • Mission Critical
  • Automotive
  • URLLC
  • Healthcare
  • Medical
  • Reliability
  • Emergency services
  • Mission Critical Systems

5G: Technology

5G Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB)

Providing significant benefits to consumers, enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) will be an extension to existing 4G network and will be amongst the first wave of the 5G services. These benefits will include significant improvement of download speeds and more cost-efficient data, up to 10 times cheaper compared to 4G. Here we explore the benefits and challenges to industry.

  • 5G
  • Mission Critical
  • Automotive
  • URLLC
  • Healthcare
  • Medical
  • Reliability
  • Emergency services
  • Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB)