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Electronic Design Announces 2009 Best Electronic Design Awards 

Electronic Design Announces 2009 Best Electronic Design Awards 

 

 

 

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January 4, 2010 (New York, NY): Winners of the best technology, products and standards for 2009 were announced in Electronic Design’s annual Best Electronic Design issue. In addition, Electronic Design announced six more inductees into the Electronic Engineering Hall of Fame, which the publication founded in 2003.

Staff and contributing editors selected the award winners for the best technology, products and standards, while readers selected the best Idea for Design and Leapfrog stories published in the past 12 months. Readers also selected the Hall of Fame inductees from a list created by the editorial staff. 

“We rely on the expertise of our staff and contributing editors to ferret out the best of the many new technologies, products and standards that we have seen and wrote about over the past 12 months,” said Editor-in-Chief Joe Desposito. “These guys are in the trenches every day covering this industry and they know about all the great new innovations that have been introduced in the last year.”

 The Best Electronic Design awards are segmented into editorial “beats” and vertical markets, such as industrial and medical. The editors are free to choose what they consider to be the best in these areas. The staff editors include Don Tuite for analog and power, Lou Frenzel for communications, David Maliniak for EDA and test and measurement, Bill Wong for digital and embedded hardware and software and Mat Dirjish for components. 

Contributing Editor Roger Allan selected winners in the industrial and medical spaces, while Contributing Editor Randy Frank selected the automotive winners. Staff Editor Wong selected winners in computers, military and aerospace, and consumer electronics. 

All winners are listed below with links to the articles that appeared in the December 1, 2009 issue of Electronic Design. Winners receive a Best Electronic Design logo, which they can post on their own Web site. 

 

2009 Best Electronic Design Winners

Analog
Linear Technology
LT3092 constant- current-source

Power
EPRI
Report to NIST on the Smart Grid Interoperability Standards Roadmap

Communications
Wired
International Telecommunications Union-Telecommunications (ITU-T)
G.hn standard for home networking over powerline and other technologies

Wireless
Silicion Labs
Si2170 TV tuner

EDA
Mentor Graphics
Catapult C full-chip ESL synthesis

Synopsys
Lynx implementation platform

Calypto Design Systems
PowerPro MG power optimization for embedded SoC memory

Test & Measurement
LeCroy
WaveMaster 8zi scope

Agilent
PXA N9030 signal analyzer

Tektronix
RSA6120A spectrum analyzer

Computers
Intel
Nehalem CPU architecture

Gigabyte
GA-P55-Extreme  Motherboard

AMD
ATI Radeon HD 5870 video adapter

Seagate
Barracuda XT Hard disk drive

Corsair
Dominator DDR3 DRAM

Consumer Electronics
E Ink
E Ink display display

Embedded Software
Open Handset Alliance
Android development tool

Eurotech
Everyware development tool

Military & Aerospace
SprayCool
SprayCool cooling

VITA
V-66 and V-67 board standard

Automotive
Software
QNX Software Systems
QNX Connected Automotive Reference (CAR)

Microcontrollers
STMicroelectronics
SPC56EL

Freescale
MPC564xL

IC
Maxim Integrated Products
MAX11080

Industrial
Dalsa
Piranha ES industrial CMOS imaging cameras

Medical
Samplify Systems
Ultrasound reference design platform and SAM1610/05/00 ADCs

Components
Displays
OSRAM Opto Semiconductors
Platinum Stack DRAGON LED

3M Electronics
3D Optical Film

Connectors
Avago Technologies
Embedded Optical Engine Technology

Sensors
SYNAPTICS
ClearPad 3000 Series

Best IFDs
Best IFD
An Easy Way To Roll Your Own Programmable Power Supply by Marc Davis-Marsh and Donald Schelle of National Semiconductor

Runner Up
Capacitor-Powered Electronics Is At The Core of Green Design by Alexander Bell of Infosoft International

Best Leap Frog
QuantumSphere
Improved Nano Materials Extend Li-ion Battery Life

Hall of Fame
This year’s Hall of Fame inductees were Arnold Beckman, founder of Beckman Instruments; Robert Boschert, inventor of the switching power supply; Jack Gifford, founder of Maxim Integrated Circuits; Nick Holonyak, Jr., inventor of the first practical LED; Robert Kahn, who helped create the ARPANET; and Theodore Maiman, inventor of the LASER.

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