April 2013

Cho Monodzukuri Award

Innovation prize for SESUB

TDK has received the Cho Monodzukuri 2012 award for its SESUB (semiconductor embedded in substrate) module technology in the category of Electrical and Electronic Components. In recognition of exceptional innovative products made by Japanese industry, this prize is presented once a year by Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, one of the country‘s leading business newspapers, and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.


SESUB technology can integrate multiple ICs in a functional substrate along with other embedded elements and surface-mounted discrete components, thus enabling highly integrated miniaturized modules for a wide range of applications. The resulting modules combine TDK’s advanced embedding substrate technology with EPCOS’ RF technology and application expertise.

World’s first for smartphones and tablets

One of the first modules in the SESUB product group is a micro DC/DC converter that is more than 35 percent smaller than discrete solutions. It is designed for use in mobile phones and other portable electronic devices and entertainment electronics applications. Other modules include a multichannel power management module for smartphones and tablets and a connectivity module that combines the various data transmission standards (such as WLAN, Bluetooth and FM radio) in a single component.

TDK has already won the Cho Monodzukuri Award on several occasions – most recently in 2010 for extremely small EMC filters and in 2008 for ultra-flat thin-film common-mode filters.

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