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
LT3092 constant- current-source
International Telecommunications Union-Telecommunications (ITU-T)
G.hn standard for home networking over powerline and other technologies
Si2170 TV tuner
Catapult C full-chip ESL synthesis
Lynx implementation platform
Calypto Design Systems
PowerPro MG power optimization for embedded SoC memory
Test & Measurement
WaveMaster 8zi scope
PXA N9030 signal analyzer
RSA6120A spectrum analyzer
Nehalem CPU architecture
Barracuda XT Hard disk drive
Dominator DDR3 DRAM
E Ink display display
Open Handset Alliance
Android development tool
Everyware development tool
Military & Aerospace
QNX Software Systems
QNX Connected Automotive Reference (CAR)
Maxim Integrated Products
Piranha ES industrial CMOS imaging cameras
Ultrasound reference design platform and SAM1610/05/00 ADCs
OSRAM Opto Semiconductors
Platinum Stack DRAGON LED
3D Optical Film
Embedded Optical Engine Technology
ClearPad 3000 Series
Best Leap Frog
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.