Munich, Germany Demand for smaller and less-power-consuming electronic devices is expected to grow as consumer electronic equipment becomes smaller. Epson 's RX-8564LC (3.6 x 2.4 x 1.2mm) meets this challenge, successfully achieving miniaturization and micro fabrication of ICs without sacrificing quality and reliability. The ultra-compact and thin RTC module is one of the world's smallest Real Time Clock modules including the 32KHz crystal available. The new structure, created by combining Epson's original plastic molding technology with their ceramic packaging technology, is superior to purely ceramic package products on absorbing stress from the board and providing high reliability against physical shocks. It also offers outstanding assembly characteristics. The RTC module integrates both the clock IC and the 32KHz crystal in one compact package. This leads to a reduction of PCB space and power consumption. Therefore, the RX-8564LC is ideal for hand-held equipment, which require a clock function, such as mobile phones, digital still cameras, digital video cameras, PDAs, etc. Epson Europe GmbH , Munich, Germany. www.epson-electronics.de.