Think the Perodua Myvi is a simple car? Here's how much it relies on microchips

Eric · May 19, 2021 02:34 PM

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With the recent announcement that Perodua will be rationing production of the Perodua Myvi due to the ongoing semiconductor shortage, it begs the question, how many features of the Myvi actually rely on these microchips?

In short, a lot.

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A modern-day car like the Perodua Myvi, despite its humble position as an affordable B-segment hatchback, actually has a number of electronic circuitries going on inside.

Also Read: Sales of Perodua Myvi hit by chip shortage, adjustment in production plan required

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Take for example the Myvi’s ASA AEB suite. While on the surface it may appear that there are only two cameras housed behind the rear-view mirror, the reality is that there’s way more than just the two cameras.

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The ASA system would require its own circuitry that ties back to the vehicle’s braking system, as part of the autonomous emergency braking system. The same system is also hooked up to a buzzer that buzzes when it detects an imminent collision (Forward Collision Warning), or when the vehicle in front has moved and the driver has not responded (Front Departure Alert).

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Each one of these would need their own circuitry to function properly

And that is just related to the ASA AEB suite. The Myvi has a whole other bunch of electronic systems running within the body shell, including circuitry for the instrument cluster, head unit, digital air-conditioning controls, alarm and immobilizer system, keyless system, auto start/stop system, and a whole bunch more related to engine and transmission control.

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According to various sources, the main component responsible for causing this disruption is a display driver (no, not the software). This tiny chip is deployed not just in the automotive sector, but also widely used in the tech side of things, as laptops and gaming consoles also need this crucial chip.

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has forced people to work from home, and this has driven up the demand for laptops, better networking equipment, as well as gaming consoles. This has directly driven the demand for such electronic equipment, and production can’t quite keep up with the demand.

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In the case of the Myvi, the specifics of the chip in short supply are unclear, but the fact remains: without these particular chips, Perodua has to reduce production of the Myvi as stock of these chips is very limited. Even if one small part is short supply, the car cannot be put together as manufacturing and supply chain logistics are complex.

So if you’re thinking of buying a new Perodua, it’s advisable to check with the sales consultant to get an update on the current situation, otherwise you’ll be in for a very long wait.

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Eric

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Started from the IT industry but somehow managed to find his way into the automotive industry. If he’s not gaming, he’s constantly tinkering with his daily/weekend car.

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