Apple plans to support a 5G network in all iPhone models launched in 2020, and in addition to enhancing cooperation with Qualcomm, it is actively improving its supply channels and preparing for a full upgrade of 5G. Murata Manufacturing, one of Apple’s suppliers, recently successfully mass-produced “ultra-small” key electronic components, giving the 5G version of the iPhone some valuable space.
Murata has begun mass production of micro-multi-layer ceramic capacitors, Japanese news website Nikkei reported. Compared to existing capacitors, it has only one-fifth of its space, but its capacity is 10 times that. The capacitor measures 0.25mm x 0.125mm and is mainly used to regulate power usage in the circuit used by the iPhone.
Murata uses a new production process that uses refined ceramic powder to provide the basis for sheets in capacitors, thus stacking more sheets without taking up more board space, increasing capacity. 5G technology consumes more power than 4G technology, requiring larger batteries and more efficient components. Murata’s new capacitors could help smartphone makers like Apple more reasonably lay out the phone’s interior, providing users with other important components such as larger batteries.
It is unclear whether the 2020 5G iPhone will use Murata’s product, but given that Murata is one of Apple’s key suppliers, it is believed to be more likely.