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December 9, 2010 (New York, NY): Winners of the best technology, products and standards for 2010 were announced today in Electronic Design’s annual Best Electronic Design issue. Also announced are the year's best Ideas For Design and six new inductees into the Engineering Hall of Fame, which the publication founded in 2002.

Staff and contributing editors selected the award winners for the best technology, products and standards, while readers selected the best Ideas for Design 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” as well as 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 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 9, 2010 issue of Electronic Design. Winners receive a Best Electronic Design logo, which they can post on their own Web site.

2010 Best Electronic Design Winners

Analog & Mixed Signal
Intersil
The SLOC (Security Link over Coax) and MegaQ chip solution

Power
National Semiconductor
WEBENCH LED Architect

Communications
Wired
IEEE and Broadcom
Energy Efficient Ethernet 802.3az standard and Broadcom portfolio

Wireless
picoChip
PC333 multicore femtocell (baseband) on a chip SoC

Digital
Multicore
NXP
LPC4000 dual core microcontroller

FPGA
Actel
SmartFusion FPGA

Embedded Microprocessor
Intel
Atom Processor E600 Series

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EDA
IC Layout
SpringSoft
Laker Custom IC layout system

Design, Verification and Implementation Environment
Cadence
Encounter Digital Implementation (EDI) System 9.1

Static Timing Analyzers
Magma Design Automation
Tekton static timing analyzer

Test & Measurement
Oscilloscopes - TIE
LeCroy Corp.
WaveMaster 8Zi-A

Agilent Technologies
Infinium 90000 X-Series

Communications Test
National Instruments
NI PXIe-5630 Vector Network Analyzer

Embedded
Cloud Computing
Eurotech
Device Cloud

Development Tools
IAR
Power Debugging

Parallel Programming
Intel
Parallel Studio

Components

Interconnect Adapter
Ironwood Electronics
DC-AX2000/RTAX2000S-01 Actel device converter

Interconnect Socket
Tyco Electronics
Type CM solderless LED socket  
 
Power Source
TDK-Lambda
DT100-C/DT150-C external ac/dc supplies

Display
OSRAM SYLVANIA
Opto PrevaLED

Sensor
Omnivision Technologies
OV7735 VGA sensor
 
Motors & Motion Control  
New Scale Technologies
SQUIGGLE RV linear drive system

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Military & Aerospace
VITA
OpenVPX standard

Automotive
Automotive ICs
International Rectifier
AUIRF7738L2 and AUIRF7737L2 Automotive DirectFET2

Infotainment
National Semiconductor
DS90UH925Q serializer and DS90UH926Q deserializer

Car Audio
STMicroelectronics
TDA7850LV audio power amplifier

Industrial
Microstaq
Ventillium MEMS HVAC valve from for industrial cooling and heating applications

Medical
Samplify
Autofocus beamforming technology from for medical ultrasound imaging

Computers
Microprocessor
Intel Corp.
Westmere

Hard Disk Drive
Seagate
Encrypted enterprise drives

Solid State Storage
LSI
WarpDrive SLP-300 Solid State PCI Express drive

Server
Supermicro
SuperServer 6046T-TUF

Motherboard
MSI Computer
Big Bang Fuzion

Consumer Electronics
Apple
iPad


Best Ideas For Design
Best IFD
Build Your Own Ultra-Low-Cost DC-DC Converter by Dwayne Reid

IFD Runner-ups:
Simple Current Limiter Protects Open-Collector Circuit by Vishwas Vaidya
Non-Inverting Level Shifter Requires Only One Op Amp, One Supply Voltage by Erik Matlin

Engineering Hall of Fame
This year’s Hall of Fame inductees are John Atanasoff and Clifford Berry for the first use of binary digits to represent data and performs calculations electronically; Gordon Bell for his work with minicomputers and microcomputers; B. Jayant Baliga and the RCA team of Hans W. Becke and Carl F. Wheatley for functional integration of metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) technology and bipolar physics, inspiring the insulated gate bipolar transistor; and engineers who helped win World War II, Melville Eastham for military research and developing LORAN and Russell and Sigurd Varian’s for the klystron that miniaturized early radar systems enabling the allies to fight German U-boats and airplanes that ruled the North Atlantic.

Profiles of these exceptional engineers and their outstanding contributions can be found by clicking here.