Japan smartphone parts makers bet on miniaturization in 5G era

KYOTO — Electronic component makers in Asia and elsewhere are competing fiercely to supply manufacturers of the latest 5G smartphones. Japanese companies have solid market shares in 4G products and hope to maintain their lead over Chinese and South Korean rivals by honing their skills, especially in miniaturization.

“Given current chip-mounting technology, this is as small as it can get,” said Tsuneo Murata, chairman of Murata Manufacturing, showcasing the company’s new multilayer ceramic capacitor, a key smartphone component it has started making in large volumes.

In smartphones, MLCCs are used to store and discharge electricity to maintain a stable current in a circuit. At just 0.25 mm x 0.125 mm, Murata’s new device is the world’s smallest MLCC, with just one-fifth the volume of comparable products but 10 times the electrical storage capacity.

MLCCs are placed throughout circuit boards in smartphones. About 800 MLCCs are used in a high-grade phone;

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Does Tesla’s Lithium Announcement Mean All Battery Makers Are Set To Become Miners?

The world is electrifying at a rapid pace and the mining industry seems to be becoming a quiet but key player in the electrification process. Tesla’s
recent ‘Battery Day’ announcements only highlight the incredible challenges facing the electricity storage market, and raise significant questions about how the market will evolve.

We know that demand for energy storage is surging to meet increasing demand for renewable energy and electrified transport. According to Maria Xylia at Sweco Sweden, only 3% of global capacity can be currently stored and energy demand itself is expected to increase over 50% to 2050. Storage is a fundamental necessity for the integration of renewables into a smoothly running and efficient energy system, and it needs to be cost-effective, high performance and safe.

As Dr. Young-hye Na, Manager, Materials Innovations for Next-Gen Batteries, IBM Research says, “Enabling better battery energy

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Wyze’s new $30 doorbell camera takes on Ring and other video doorbell makers


Wyze adds a doorbell and a thermostat to its growing lineup.

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Wyze makes a variety of affordable connected home devices, including the $20 Wyze Cam Indoor the $8 Wyze Bulb and others. Its products aren’t particularly revolutionary, but it tends to offer a lot of the same features and performance as competitors for significantly less money. The startup is continuing that trend with two new smart home product announcements: the Wyze Video Doorbell and the Wyze Thermostat. 

Wyze’s Video Doorbell costs $30 — by far the least expensive one I’ve ever come across — and is available for preorder now. The company hasn’t provided pricing for the thermostat yet, but expect something similarly affordable. The Wyze Thermostat will be available for preorder starting Oct. 6. 

The doorbell

The Wyze Video Doorbell shares a lot of features and specs with the Wyze Cam Indoor, but it comes in

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Vaccine makers using new mRNA vaccine technology to beat coronavirus

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BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) – Eliminating a novel virus might require a novel approach. Vaccine makers Moderna and Pfizer are using messenger RNA, or mRNA, to produce their vaccines.

This new technology has never before received regulatory approval.

If the mRNA vaccines make it to the general public, doctors say they will look indistinguishable from traditional vaccines.

However, they work in a different way. Instead of injecting a dead or weakened version of the virus into the patient’s body, doctors will be injecting the genetic information to produce the antigen, or antibodies, to fight the disease.

Companies are developing mRNA vaccines to combat coronavirus, and people seem to be on the fence about the new method.

“I honestly don’t know. I guess I would probably wait for a while and see how things go before I would get the vaccine,” said Dickinson Resident Darcy

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Mobileye signs driver-assistance deal with Geely, one of China’s largest privately held auto makers

Mobileye’s computer vision technology will be used in a new premium electric vehicle called Zero Concept from Geely Auto Group, one of China’s largest privately held automobile manufacturers. Mobileye’s owner Intel made the announcement today at the Beijing Auto Show. Zero Concept is produced by Lynk & Co., the brand formed as a joint venture between Geely Auto and Volvo Car Group, and uses Mobileye’s SuperVision driving-assistance system.

Intel also announced that Mobileye and Geely Auto have signed a long-term, high-volume agreement for advanced driver-assistance systems that means more Geely Auto vehicles will be equipped with Mobileye’s computer vision technology.

In a post, Mobileye chief executive officer and Intel senior vice president Amnon Shashua wrote that the deal is the first time “Mobileye will be responsible for the full solution stack, including hardware and software, driving policy and control.”

He added “it also marks the first time that an OEM

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