The Truth About Cars » chips http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Tue, 03 May 2016 16:30:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Hyundai May Make Its Own Computer Chips for Autonomous Cars Because No One Wants to Be a Coachbuilder http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/hyundai-may-chips-autonomous-cars-no-one-wants-coachbuilder/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/hyundai-may-chips-autonomous-cars-no-one-wants-coachbuilder/#comments Tue, 08 Dec 2015 19:00:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1237929 Hyundai is considering making its own computer chips for autonomous cars, which the company expects will be readily available by 2030, according to Bloomberg. The South Korean automaker, which is already preparing its cars with semi-autonomous technology, says the technology could be vital to car making in the future. Hyundai buys its autonomous driving-related technology […]

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Hyundai is considering making its own computer chips for autonomous cars, which the company expects will be readily available by 2030, according to Bloomberg. The South Korean automaker, which is already preparing its cars with semi-autonomous technology, says the technology could be vital to car making in the future. Hyundai buys its autonomous driving-related technology […]

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Vellum Venom: Honda N600 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/vellum-venom-honda-n600/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/vellum-venom-honda-n600/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 12:57:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=880466 What’s the difference between car design and styling? My stint at CCS in Detroit makes me think styling is the shallow, frilly, cosmetic side of car design. Freshman designers are (were?) trained to focus on styling, but anyone integrating with marketing/accounting/engineering departments after school knows the real deal. They gotta know car design. The folly […]

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What’s the difference between car design and styling? My stint at CCS in Detroit makes me think styling is the shallow, frilly, cosmetic side of car design. Freshman designers are (were?) trained to focus on styling, but anyone integrating with marketing/accounting/engineering departments after school knows the real deal. They gotta know car design. The folly […]

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California Offering Legacy License Plates http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/california-offering-legacy-license-plates/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/california-offering-legacy-license-plates/#comments Fri, 05 Apr 2013 14:31:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=483635 The California state DMV is offering motorists the chance to step back in time and order new license plates in historic color combinations. Your choices are black letters on a yellow background, yellow letters on a black background (the famous original black plates often found on California barn finds) and, my favorite – the color […]

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The California state DMV is offering motorists the chance to step back in time and order new license plates in historic color combinations. Your choices are black letters on a yellow background, yellow letters on a black background (the famous original black plates often found on California barn finds) and, my favorite – the color […]

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Japanese Parts Paralysis: Bad Bets With Chips http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/japanese-parts-paralysis-bad-bets-with-chips/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/japanese-parts-paralysis-bad-bets-with-chips/#comments Thu, 21 Jul 2011 15:55:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=403784 Why was Honda as much hit as Toyota by the March11 earthquake and tsunami? Doesn’t Honda have the bulk of its production outside of Japan? How could Nissan avoid most of the damage, even with an engine factory close to Fukushima? It was a bit like a roulette game, and it involved a lot of […]

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Why was Honda as much hit as Toyota by the March11 earthquake and tsunami? Doesn’t Honda have the bulk of its production outside of Japan? How could Nissan avoid most of the damage, even with an engine factory close to Fukushima? It was a bit like a roulette game, and it involved a lot of […]

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Japanese Parts Paralysis: And Now, The Great Chip Famine http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/japanese-parts-paralysis-and-now-the-great-chip-famine/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/japanese-parts-paralysis-and-now-the-great-chip-famine/#comments Wed, 18 May 2011 13:23:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=395303 Automakers in Japan are slowly crawling back to normal. However, they are in for another after shock, and this one could be quite serious: Yasushi Akao, President of chipmaker Renesas said today that supplies of microcontrollers from his company will be in serious trouble come June. According to The Nikkei [sub], “stocks are expected to […]

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Automakers in Japan are slowly crawling back to normal. However, they are in for another after shock, and this one could be quite serious: Yasushi Akao, President of chipmaker Renesas said today that supplies of microcontrollers from his company will be in serious trouble come June. According to The Nikkei [sub], “stocks are expected to […]

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Japanese Parts Paralysis: Renesas Rations Chips For Toyota, Nissan And Honda http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/japanese-parts-paralysis-renesas-rations-chips-for-toyota-nissan-and-honda/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/japanese-parts-paralysis-renesas-rations-chips-for-toyota-nissan-and-honda/#comments Thu, 14 Apr 2011 10:36:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=391287 Yesterday’s good news from strategically important  Japanese automotive chip maker Renesas did not last long. Now for the bad news: Their automotive microcontroller chips will be strictly rationed when they eventually ship. This being Japan, it is said more politely: Renesas is “thinking about the development of voluntary rules for major automakers,” as Japan’s Yomiuri […]

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Yesterday’s good news from strategically important  Japanese automotive chip maker Renesas did not last long. Now for the bad news: Their automotive microcontroller chips will be strictly rationed when they eventually ship. This being Japan, it is said more politely: Renesas is “thinking about the development of voluntary rules for major automakers,” as Japan’s Yomiuri […]

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Culprit Of Chip Shortage Found, Automaker Hunting Down Chips http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/culprit-of-chip-shortage-found/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/culprit-of-chip-shortage-found/#comments Wed, 14 Jul 2010 12:56:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=360824 We finally know who’s responsible for shutting down Nissan assembly lines in Japan and the U.S.A. The shortage of a critical computer chip stopped Hitachi from making ECUs, which in turn stopped Nissan from making cars. For days, the identity of the lackadaisical chipmaker had been kept under wraps. Now, the culprit has been unmasked. […]

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We finally know who’s responsible for shutting down Nissan assembly lines in Japan and the U.S.A. The shortage of a critical computer chip stopped Hitachi from making ECUs, which in turn stopped Nissan from making cars. For days, the identity of the lackadaisical chipmaker had been kept under wraps. Now, the culprit has been unmasked. […]

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Car Chip Shortage Hits US Shores http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/car-chip-shortage-hits-us-shores/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/car-chip-shortage-hits-us-shores/#comments Tue, 13 Jul 2010 15:24:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=360776 The shortage of a critical computer chip that Hitachi desperately needs to supply Nissan with ECUs  now threatens to affect U.S. production. Yesterday, Nissan warned that they will close down Japanese assembly lines. Today, Nissan COO Officer Toshiyuki Shiga said that production in the U.S. may be halted until the chip shortage is solved. “If […]

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The shortage of a critical computer chip that Hitachi desperately needs to supply Nissan with ECUs  now threatens to affect U.S. production. Yesterday, Nissan warned that they will close down Japanese assembly lines. Today, Nissan COO Officer Toshiyuki Shiga said that production in the U.S. may be halted until the chip shortage is solved. “If […]

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Chip Shortage Stops Nissan Assembly Lines http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/chip-shortage-stops-nissan-assembly-lines/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/chip-shortage-stops-nissan-assembly-lines/#comments Mon, 12 Jul 2010 13:51:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=360704 So far, it had been striking workers at Chinese parts suppliers that brought Japanese car makers to their knees, praying for parts needed to re-start the lines. Here is a new  twist: Japan’s Hitachi ran out of chips for ECUs (commonly called “car computers”). And Japanese carmakers are shutting down the lines. Nissan announced today […]

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So far, it had been striking workers at Chinese parts suppliers that brought Japanese car makers to their knees, praying for parts needed to re-start the lines. Here is a new  twist: Japan’s Hitachi ran out of chips for ECUs (commonly called “car computers”). And Japanese carmakers are shutting down the lines. Nissan announced today […]

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