Japan's component makers show the path forward for gadgets

They're not household names but their products drive the future of electronics

  • A tiny capacitor produced by Taiyo Yuden on show at Ceatec Japan 2014 in Makuhari, Japan, on October 7, 2014

  • These microSD card slots from Mitsumi are the smallest in the world

  • This rotational sensor from Japan's Murata is just 3 millimeters square

  • Resistors from Japan's Rohm that are so small, a microscope was required to see them.

  • Sensors for wearable devices on show by Alps Electric at Ceatec 2014 in Makuhari, Japan

  • A five-sensor module develops by Japan's Alps Electric is paired with a battery and mounted on the arm of a pair of glasses

  • Rohm showed its sensor board packed into a device shaped like a key

  • Rohm showed a tiny board packed with sensors, including one for measuring ultraviolet rays

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