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Best Electronic Design of 2006 Announced

In its annual “Best Electronic Design” issue, the editors of Electronic Design magazine have announced their choices for 2006.

“The pace of innovation continued at an astonishing rate in 2006,” said Mark David, editor-in-chief of Electronic Design magazine. “The ‘Best Electronic Design’ issue highlights some of the technologies most significant to advancing electronic design, and it also gives us the opportunity to honor some of the outstanding end-product designs produced in the last year.”

The field of candidates began with the hundreds of briefings and demonstrations Electronic Design’s editors participate in each year. Looking at the key technologies covered in the magazine’s pages and online during the year together with reader feedback, the technical editors chose the products and solutions they feel had the greatest impact on design this year.

Also named are the Best Designs in leading vertical markets. Nominations were solicited from readers and editors selected the winners. The year has proven to be a solid one for technology innovation, with demand for new electronics strong across all the top markets, particularly for products like Consumer Design of the Year winner Nintendo for it’s Wii game console.

For complete coverage of all the winners, go to http://www.electronicdesign.com/bestof2006

Best Electronic Design 2006 Winners:

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Technology Of The Year Categories:

  • Analog:
    • Xignal 640-MHz CMOS continuous-time delta-sigma ADC
      Analog Devices ADuM524x planar-transformer-based coupler
      Sharp double-sampling delta-sigma ADC
      Linear Technology LTC2484 delta-sigma ADC
      Texas Instruments ADS8422 SAR ADC
      Silicon Laboratories Si884x 2.1-GHz RF coupler
      Advanced Linear Devices ALD114904 and ALD114804 MOSFETs
      Intersil ISL55100A pin-electronics driver/window comparators

    Digital:

    • SiliconSystems SiliconDrive Secure
      Certicom Certicom Security for Silicon Design Protection
      CSEM Microelectronics ViSe vision sensor

    Sensors:

    • Toshiba ET8EF6/8-AS CMOS image sensors
      Capella CMOS3000/3200 Filtron ambient light sensors
      OmniVision Technologies OV7720 CameraChip
      Foveon X3 image sensor
      Rice University Single-photon camera

    EDA:

    • CoWare Virtual Platform

    Test:

    • National Instruments LabVIEW 8.20
      Tektronix RSA6100A

    Embedded:

    • Luminary Micro Stellaris ARM MCU
      Texas Instruments eZ430-F2013 development kit

    Power:

    • Tesla Motors Roadster electric car

    Wireless:

    • SiGe Semiconductor SE4120L GPS/Galileo receiver

Design Of The Year Categories:

  • Computers:
    • Intel Core Duo 2 Extreme QX6700
      ATI Radeon X1950XTX Crossfire display adapter
      Viewsonic N2751w HDTV monitor
      Seagate Barracuda 7200.10
      Hewlett Packard DVD 940i
      Enermax Galaxy 1000W
      BFG Technologies Physics board
      Ageia PhysX chip

    Automotive:

    • Toyota/Aisin Seiki Co. Advanced Parking Guidance System

    Communications:

    • Xirrus XS-3900 Wireless LAN Array

    Consumer:

    • Nintendo Wii game console

    Industrial:

    • Perpetuum PMG7 microgenerator

    Military:

    • Foster Miller Talon SWORDS armed reconnaissance robot

    Medical:

    • SmartPill Corporation pH.p capsule

About Electronic Design
The Authority on Emerging Technologies for Design Solutions, Electronic Design magazine and its website, http://www.electronicdesign.com reach the design engineers and engineering managers who put new technology and products to work in today’s most dynamic markets. A Penton Media (OTCBB:PTON) publication issued bi-weekly to a circulation of 141,000, Electronic Design delivers the largest print circulation of any design magazine serving the electronics OEM.

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