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Samsung Electro-Mechanics develops slim 3-socket MLCC for 5G smartphones

All News 09:12 January 20, 2021

SEOUL, Jan. 20 (Yonhap) -- Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., a major electronic components maker in South Korea, said Wednesday it has developed an ultra-slim multilayer ceramic capacitor (MLCC) with a three-socket structure that can be used in 5G smartphones as the company targets to increase sales from global smartphone makers.

Samsung Electro-Mechanics said it began to supply the 0.65-millimeter slim three-socket MLCC, which is 18 percent thinner than its previous products, to smartphone manufacturers.

MLCC is a core component within electric devices that controls the stable flow of current within electric product circuits.

A three-socket MLCC has one additional earth socket than general MLCC and allows for better reduction in high-frequency power noise.

This photo, provided by Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co. on Jan. 20, 2021, shows the company's slim three-socket multilayer ceramic capacitor (MLCC). (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Samsung Electro-Mechanics said its latest MLCC is the thinnest among 1209-size (length 1.2mm and width 0.9mm) three-socket MLCC, using its thin layer molding and superfine dielectric layer technologies.

The company, which began its MLCC business in 1988, said its upgraded three-socket MLCC will better remove high-frequency noise from the mobile application processor power unit, and will allow increased internal space efficiency for smartphones.

"There has been a massive increase in miniature, high-performance and highly-reliable MLCC demand with the commercialization of 5G mobile communication and electrification of automobiles," said Kim Doo-young, head of the component unit at Samsung Electro-Mechanics.

Samsung hopes its latest MLCC can post brisk sales with growing demand of 5G smartphones.

According to market researcher TrendForce, the global 5G smartphone production for this year is expected to be about 500 million units, up from last year's 240 million units. The penetration rate of 5G smartphones was projected to reach 37 percent, up from 19 percent in 2020.


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