TDK Named a Clarivate Analytics Top 100 Global Innovator




Shigenao Ishiguro, President and CEO of TDK Corporation, and Yoshiko Tanahashi, Director of Clarivate Analytics Japan

TDK Corporation announced that it has been selected as one of the 2017 Top 100 Global Innovators ( by Clarivate Analytics (formerly the Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters). This is the fourth time TDK has been named to the prestigious list.

To determine the world’s most innovative companies, Clarivate Analytics uses a methodology that analyzes four primary criteria: overall patent volume (i.e., a minimum of 100 patents must have been granted over the most recent five-year period), a successful patent-application-to-grant ratio, global patent protection of the portfolio, especially by Chinese, European, Japanese and U.S. patent offices, and the number of citations by other organizations as evidence of patent influence.

Since its inception in 1935, TDK has dedicated itself to continually inventing superior materials, production technologies, and optimal processing techniques. TDK offers a comprehensive product portfolio spanning passive components such as capacitors, inductors and piezo and protection devices, as well as customized products including sensors, and energy devices. The company’s electronic solutions are used in a broad spectrum of applications including automotive and industrial electronics, as well as in communications technology and solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT).

TDK will continue to improve its innovative strength by offering solutions that leverage the company's broad spectrum of technologies. For example, some of TDK’s recent innovations include:

  • CeraCharge, the world's first solid-state rechargeable battery in SMD technology. Thanks to its solid ceramic electrolyte this tiny component cannot leak, burn or explode. They are destined for IoT applications such as wearables or systems for energy harvesting.
  • The world's first 7-axis motion and pressure sensor, which integrates a 3-axis gyroscope, 3-axis accelerometer and MEMS barometric pressure sensor. This miniature solution enables ultra-precise position determination, for example, in outdoor navigation devices and wearables.

To view the full list and report on the 2017 Clarivate Analytics Top 100 Global Innovator program, go to