Motor driver IC for engines

14463_23059 Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. has released a small-sized motor driver IC for brushed dc motors used in vehicle engine applications such as electronic throttles and valve controls. The new TB9051FTG, housed in a flat 6- x 6-mm (0.24- x 0.24-in) P-QFN28 package, employs double-diffused MOSFET (DMOS FET) transistors as driver circuits. These devices do not require base current biasing, so they have virtually no input current, which lets them process high current density per device area with low on-resistance. The new motor driver ICs have the flexibility to enable control of a range of automotive electronics—not only engine applications, which are the primary target, but also other onboard systems such as wing mirrors and trunk locks, operating at up to 5 A. The TB9051FTG features a single, H-bridge channel and on-resistance of 0.34 ohm (H-side + L-side, max). Its two power supplies, VBAT and VCC, operate at 4.5 to 28 V and 4.5 to 5.5 V, respectively. Control functions include motor-related (forward, reverse, brake), as well as PWM control, current limit control, H-side current monitor, diagnosis output, and power-on-reset circuit. Built-in detection circuits include over current, over heat, and low/high voltage. Sample shipments

Drive me paint me Volvo accelerates its tech trajectory

14437_22964Ask car buyers what they would list as Volvo’s distinguishing selling points and it’s odds-on that safety will still be at the top. But the company is rapidly moving towards a wider, holistic application of advanced technologies—automated and autonomous driving, chassis sophistication, and electrification—aimed at expanding the brand’s attributes and reputation.

Volvo’s electrification program is extensive. Håkan Samuelsson, the company’s President and CEO, says: “We are confident that by 2020, 10% of Volvo’s global sales will be electrified cars.” He also asserts that it is time EV technology moved from a niche to a mainstream position in the global marketplace.

Volvo’s chosen route is via plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) solutions for the best combination of efficiency, range and convenience. The technology will be introduced across the model range. And the company is to develop what it terms an “entirely new range of electrified smaller cars,” plus a battery EV that is expected to be on sale in 2019. The new EV’s range target on a single charge is believed to be 500 km (311 mi), taking it into the area of practical, everyday use without the burden of serious range anxiety.

Dr. Peter Mertens, the Senior VP

Challenger GT AWD Concept debuts at 2015 SEMA Show

14427_22981A two-door muscle car prepped for year-round road conditions is the driving influence behind the Dodge Challenger GT AWD Concept.

“The thought for this concept: It’s the four-season muscle car. Raise your hand if you’d like to do an all-wheel-drive burnout,” Head of Mopar Design Joe Dehner said in an Automotive Engineering interview prior to the car’s debut at the 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas.

The Challenger GT AWD is one of several vehicles representing the Chrysler, Dodge, JeepRam, and Fiat brands at Mopar’s 15,345-ft² (1425-m²) exhibit. According to Todd Beddick, Mopar’s Head of Accessories and Performance Portfolio, “As far as we know, this is the only 8-speed automatic AWD V8-powered Challenger.”

The production Challenger R/T’s 5.7-L Hemi V8 thumps out 372 hp (278 kW) at 5200 rpm and 400 lb·ft (542 N·m) at 4400 rpm, but the Challenger GT AWD’s use of a Mopar Scat Pack 3 Performance Kit elevates the power output by up to 75 hp (56 kW) and up to 44 lb·ft (60 N·m).

“In order to handle all that go and the AWD

Sport SUV

This year’s Sport SUV list is rather explosive. We couldn’t ask for a more powerful pack than the Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q7, Range Rover Sport, and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8.

First, we’ll start with the Cayenne, starting at $49,600, and with it you receive a V-6 that maintains 14 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy and 5 passenger capacity

The Cayenne’s success can be accounted for in several different ways, first, nearly everyone will agree that it makes for a practical and powerful family vehicle, while leaving you with feelings familiar to Porsche’s track excelling 2-seaters’ sporty, agile and quick.

The Cayenne Model has, as of 2014, produced a Cayenne Diesel and adds a Cayenne Turbo S, providing 50 more horsepower than the Cayenne Turbo.

Also, Porsche Cayenne has seven available packages:

– the base model starting at $49,600, with a 300-horsepower V-6 engine 3.6 L.
– Cayenne Diesel 245-horsepower, V-6 turbodiesel engine with 3.0 L.
– Cayenne S, V-8, 400 horsepower 4.8 L.
– Cayenne S Hybrid, V-6, 380 horsepower from its electric motor and a supercharged 3.0 L.
– Cayenne Turbo V-8, 500 horsepower from its twin-turbocharged 4.8 L.
– Cayenne Turbo S V-8, 550-hp.

The Turbo S breaks up your 0-60 acceleration in

2 Door Coupes

There are so many desirable coupes on the market today, it’s rather difficult to narrow the search down here are a few that really stand out.

There are so many desirable coupes on the market today, it’s rather difficult to narrow the search down. If I had the room in one article to mention them all, it would be the length of a small book, so this article, I’ll name a few that really stand out to me.

One of the best 2-door coupes I’ve seen this year is the Mercedes-Benz SL, weighing in with a 415 hp 5.5L V8. There’s something about the edgy yet comfortable layout of the interior and trim, setting it out in a class of its own, and let’s not forget, enough get up to get up out of anywhere with a quickness.

Next, I’m listing the Corvette Stingray with a 455 hp 6.2-liter V-8, and a seven-speed manual transmission that pushes the car to an awing 0-60 mph in just 4 seconds. This model has had tuning to the transmission that gives it a closer ratio, plus it has within, an electronically-controlled limited-slip differential, and more aggressive suspension making it a monster to get by under the gun.

The 2015

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