Mitsubishi’s Concept GC-PHEV

March 13, 2015  by  

mitsubishi conceptMitsubishi’s Concept GC-PHEV (“Grand Cruiser”), a full-size crossover, recently made its North American debut.

It features a supercharged V-6 engine paired with a high-output electric motor/high-capacity lithium-ion battery, an 8-speed automatic transmission and Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive.

The plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) drivetrain is said to offer high performance (335 bhp/250 kW) with exceptional fuel economy thanks to Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle (MiEV) technology.

Safety and convenience technologies include Mitsubishi’s augmented reality technology AR Windshield and touchscreen-based Tactical Table connected car information system.

Seiko Instruments Releases Automotive LDO Regulator Capable of 36V Input Voltage and 250mA Output Current

March 12, 2015  by  

seiko 03-05-15 S-19212-E[1]Seiko Instruments Inc. (SII) announced the S-19212 Series automotive LDO regulator with 36V high input voltage and 250mA output current, featuring a super low current consumption of 6.5uA and high output voltage accuracy of +/-2.0%.

The S-19212 Series is suited for automotive use in constant-voltage power supply for ECUs for engines, transmissions and suspensions, Anti-lock Brake Systems, related Electric Vehicle equipment, and Hybrid Electric Vehicle and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle electronics.

Other typical automotive applications include Body ECUs for bodies, headlamps, ITS, and accessories, navigation systems, and audio systems.

Luxoft Develops HMI for Rinspeed Budii Autonomous Electric Vehicle Concept

March 12, 2015  by  

Luxoft Holding, Inc (NYSE:LXFT) developed the Human-Machine Interface (HMI) for an electric-powered self-driving vehicle concept, Budii, created by Rinspeed, a Swiss automobile manufacturer and tuning designer.

Rinspeed_IC_01The human-centric Budii is capable of learning a driver’s habits and preferences. The entire cockpit is designed around humans and their needs.

The digital instrument cluster and navigation screen are augmented by the head-up display. The intelligent car understands gestures and interacts with its environment and other vehicles along its route.

See the video demonstration of Budii here

Vishay RoHS-Compliant SMD MLCCs Feature Voltages to 3000 VDC, Three Dielectrics, Six Case Sizes

March 11, 2015  by  

16656776031_3f02a95b6c_zVishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) introduced a new series of RoHS-compliant, surface-mount multilayer ceramic chip capacitors (MLCCs) for automotive applications.

Available with C0G (NP0), X7R, and X8R dielectrics in six body sizes ranging from 0402 to1812, Vishay Vitramon VJ….31X RoHS Automotive series devices offer high voltages and high-temperature operation to +150 °C for increased reliability.

The MLCCs released today are manufactured in precious metal technology (PMT/NME) with a wet build process and robust design. Qualified according to AEC-Q200 with PPAP available on request, VJ….31X RoHS Automotive devices are optimized for automotive powertrain, chassis, lighting, and comfort electronics, in addition to industrial sensors. The MLCCs will be used in engine, steering, and headlight control units, battery and power management, and power supplies.