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Japan

Hardware

- Shicoh Engineering Co. is set to mass-produce the world's smallest motor used to operate cellular phones' vibrating mechanism. The motor is also expected to be used in various other equipments, including medical devices and game machines. The motor is 2.8mm in diameter and 6.0mm in length, excluding the length of its axis of rotation. The company plans to produce 100,000 units of the motor at its subsidiary in China in October for sample shipments to about a dozen companies including cell phone terminal makers. The company, which already mass-produces a 3.2mm-diameter motor, will produce 20,000 units of the smaller version in September.

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