December 4, 2012 (New York, NY): The results are in! The best technologies, products, and standards winners for 2012 have been announced and published in Electronic Design’s annual Best Electronic Design edition. The December 6 issue also features the year’s best Ideas for Design, along with six new inductees into the magazine’s Engineering Hall of Fame, which was founded in 2002.
Our staff editors selected the winners for the best technologies, products, and standards, while our readers selected the Hall of Fame inductees and best Ideas for Design from the ones published over the last 12 months.
“We rely on the expertise of our staff and contributing editors to ferret out the ‘best’ of the various new technologies, products, and standards that we have seen and wrote about throughout this past year,” 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 and what really works!”
The Best Electronic Design awards are segmented into editorial “beats” as well as specific vertical markets. The editors are free to choose what they consider to be the “best” in these areas. The staff editors responsible for these beats include Don Tuite for analog and power, Lou Frenzel for communications, Joe Desposito for components, EDA, and test and measurement, and Bill Wong for digital and embedded technologies. In the vertical markets, Don Tuite tackled the automotive and medical arenas, while Lou Frenzel covered the industrial segment.
The 2012 winners are listed below along with links to their respective articles. These winners will receive a Best Electronic Design crystal trophy and a logo that they can post on their company website or include in their design-specific profile descriptions.
2012 Best Electronic Design Winners
• Analog Devices
• Texas Instruments
• International Rectifier
• Dust Networks
• Teledyne LeCroy
• National Instruments
• MicroPower Direct
• Maxim Integrated
• Sierra Wireless
• Analog Devices
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The 2012 Engineering Hall of Fame inductees include Paul Allen, cofounder of Microsoft; Daniel Bricklin and Bob Frankston, inventors of the VisiCalc PC spreadsheet; Cecil Green, Patrick Haggerty, Jon Jonsson, and Eugene McDermott, founders of Texas Instruments; C. Lester Hogan, inventor of the microwave gyrator; Irving Langmuir, inventor of the high-vacuum tube; and Jay Last, a member of Fairchild Semiconductor’s “Traitorous Eight.” Also, we pay tribute to inaugural Hall of Fame member Hans Camenzind, who died on August 8.