UBM Electronics Unveils the 2011 EDN Hot 100: The Electronics Industry's Most Significant Products of the Year

List highlights new industry trends; Texas Instruments leads the list with 14 products

Nov 30, 2011



SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- UBM Electronics, a UBM company and the daily source of essential business and technical information for the electronics industry's decision makers, today unveiled the 2011 EDN Hot 100, the electronics industry's most significant products of the year based on innovation, significance, usefulness, and popularity. The technologies range from ICs and components, to software, test instruments, development tools, and sensors. EDN is the comprehensive information resource for the electronics original equipment manufacturer segment, providing in-depth technical information for electronics design engineers and news and strategic business insight for executives.

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"This awards program has been in existence since 1993 and over the years has highlighted many industry trends – this year is no different. We are very pleased to showcase the top products of the many thousands announced during the past year that especially caught the attention of our editors and readers," said Rich Pell, Executive Editor, EDN and Designlines.

Industry trends include:

  • The appearance of more complex mixed-signal chips and combinations of mechanical, electrical, and optical subsystems
  • The push for smaller, cooler, and more efficient devices, which saw more parts using exotic semiconductor processes like silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) – as well as more sophisticated power architectures
  • A new category – Optoelectronics and Lighting Control – reflecting the growing importance of electronic control in efficient lighting
  • The increased presence of low-power wireless and embedded communications products – continuing evidence of the trend toward the "Internet of Things"
  • Several engineering-related products – including an app – designed to be used with consumer handhelds, recognizing the impact of consumer devices such as the iPhone and iPad

The EDN Hot 100 award winners include:


  • Analog Devices - ADA4096-2 dual op amp
  • Analog Devices - AD8283 analog front end
  • Hittite Microwave - HMCAD1520 12-bit, 640M-sample/sec, quad-interleaved ADC
  • IDT - ACS42200 audio subsystem with programmable PLLs
  • Symmetricom - SA.45s chip-scale atomic oscillator
  • Texas Instruments - OPA2188 dual, ultra-precision op amp
  • Texas Instruments - ADS5263 quad-channel 14/16-bit, 100 MSPS ADC
  • Texas Instruments (formerly National Semiconductor) - ADC12Dxx00RF family of 12-bit ADCs


  • Microchip Technology - PICtail Daughter Board M2M platform
  • Mistral Solutions - CraneBoard ARM Cortex-A8-based open-source development board
  • Texas Instruments - Stellaris MCU Robotic Evaluation Platform (EVALBOT)

Communications and Networking

  • Broadcom - BCM56440 StrataXGS Ethernet edge switch
  • Dialog Semiconductor - SmartPulse wireless sensor network devices
  • Icon Labs - Floodgate-Packet Filter
  • Marvell - Avastar 88W8797 mobile Wi-Fi + Bluetooth + FM radio SoC
  • PLX Technology - TeraPHY TN8022 dual-port 10GBase-T PHY
  • Redpine Signals - Wi-Fi module with Atmel MCU support
  • Texas Instruments - CC1180 and CC430 6LoWPAN sub-1GHz solutions


  • Avago Technologies - ACML-74x0 multi-channel digital isolators
  • Avago Technologies - ACPL-P343/W343 isolated, high-current gate drivers
  • AVX Corporation - MAV Series miniature, dual element AC multilayer varistor
  • Bourns - LSP-Series of open LED shunt protectors
  • Illinois Capacitor - DC series coin-cell-style supercapacitors
  • Murata Electronics - DMD and DME series low-ESR electrical double-layer capacitors
  • Vishay Precision Group - FRSH ultra-high-precision Bulk Metal Z1-Foil wraparound chip resistors
  • Vishay Precision Group - VCS1625P ultra-high-precision Foil surface-mount current sensing chip resistor

Development Tools

  • Atollic - TrueSTUDIO for ARM development tool
  • Cambridge Coders - Calcuccino programmers' calculator for the iPhone
  • Freescale Semiconductor - Tower System development platform with added controller modules
  • MathWorks - MATLAB Coder automatic C code generation software
  • Microchip Technology - Accessory Development Starter Kits for Android
  • Microchip Technology - MPLAB X IDE
  • Microchip Technology and Digilent - Arduino-compatible 32-bit MCU development platform
  • Silicon Laboratories - Si1xx-based Energy Harvesting Reference Design


  • Analog Devices and National Instruments - NI Multisim simulation environment
  • Maplesoft - MapleSim Connector add-on for MapleSim physical modeling and simulation software
  • Mentor Graphics - Capital electrical system and wire harness tool suite
  • Synopsys - Platform Architect Multicore Optimization Technology
  • Texas Instruments - Tina-TI 9.1 Spice tool

Memory and Storage

  • Intel - 310 Series SSD
  • Micron Technology - RealSSD P320h PCI Express SSD storage systems
  • Netlist - mSATA mini and mSATA slim SSD modules
  • Samsung Electronics - 32 GB DDR3 RDIMMs
  • STMicroelectronics - LRiS64K RFID memory

Microcontrollers and Processors

  • Microchip Technology - PIC10F(LF)32X and PIC1XF(LF)150X 8-bit MCUs
  • NXP Semiconductors - LPC11U00 MCUs with USB 2.0
  • Texas Instruments - Stellaris LM4Fx Cortex-M4F-based MCUs
  • Texas Instruments - MSP430AFE2xx metrology analog front end 16-bit MCUs
  • Veredus Laboratories - VereFoodborne Lab-on-Chip solution
  • Wolfson Microelectronics - WM5100 audio SoC

Optoelectronics and Lighting Control

  • Cree - MT-G LED array
  • EpiCrystals - True green laser module
  • iWatt - iW3614 digital LED driver IC
  • Marvell - 8800 LED lighting controller family
  • Texas Instruments - LM3448 and TPS92070 LED drivers


  • Advanced Thermal Solutions - maxiFLOW heat sinks
  • Allegro MicroSystems - A4933 automotive-grade 3-phase MOSFET pre-driver IC
  • Cree - CMF2012SD SiC power MOSFETs
  • CUI - NQB Series isolated DC-DC quarter brick intermediate bus converter
  • Infineon - OptiMOS P2 single P-channel 40V automotive power MOSFETs
  • Intersil - ISL78228 AEC-Q100-qualified high-efficiency, dual synchronous step-down DC/DC regulator
  • Linear Technology - LTC4000 high-voltage, high-current battery charger
  • Linear Technology - LTC4270/LTC4271 12-Port PoE PSE Controller
  • Microchip Technology - MCP16301 buck switching regulator
  • Roboteq - HBL2350 dual-channel, high-current brushless motor controller
  • Texas Instruments - bq77910 battery-management IC
  • Texas Instruments (formerly National Semiconductor) - LM5113 high-side and low-side GaN FET driver

Programmable Logic

  • Altera - ARM-based SoC FPGAs
  • ASSET InterTech - ScanWorks FCT board-tester-in-a-chip
  • Lattice Semiconductor - MachXO2 PLD family
  • Silego Technology - GreenPAK 1 micro-FPGA with programmable analog
  • Xilinx - Virtex-5QV space-grade rad-hard FPGAs
  • Xilinx - Virtex-6 HXT FPGA Optical Transport Network (OTN) platform


  • Analog Devices - Circuits from the Lab reference circuits
  • connectBlue - OBI411 Bluetooth I/O module
  • Linear Technology - LTC5569 dual RF mixer
  • Radicom Research - RB4000/HM Bluetooth modules
  • Radiocrafts AS - RC1700HP-MBUS long-range automatic meter reading module
  • STMicroelectronics - Teseo II single-chip stand-alone GPS/Galileo/Glonass/QZSS positioning receiver
  • Texas Instruments - CC112x series narrowband RF transceiver

Semiconductor Processes and IP

  • Intel - 22-nm 3-D tri-gate transistor technology
  • NXP Semiconductors - JenNET-IP IEEE 802.15.4 wireless connectivity network layer


  • Akustica - AKU230 MEMS-based digital microphone
  • Analog Devices - ADMP441 iMEMS microphone with I2S
  • Analog Devices - ADXL206 dual-axis, high-temperature iMEMS accelerometer
  • Epson Electronics America - S4E5A0A0 Inertial Measurement Unit
  • IDT - 9TCS108x integrated timing, thermal sensor and fan control solution
  • Plessey Semiconductors - Electric Potential Integrated Circuit (EPIC)
  • STMicroelectronics - Three-chip 10-DoF sensor solution
  • Texas Instruments - TMP006 single-chip, passive IR temperature sensor
  • Texas Instruments - DRV8662 piezo haptics driver IC

Test & Measurement

  • Agilent Technologies - B2900A series source/measure unit
  • Aim-TTi - Aim I-prober 520 positional current probe
  • Anewin - MicroBench MB-500 complete digital tool set
  • National Instruments - PXIe-5665 3.6-GHz RF vector signal analyzer
  • OnFilter - MSN01 plug-in power-line EMI adapter
  • Pico Technology - PicoScope 4262 USB oscilloscope
  • Redfish Instruments - iDVM digital multimeter
  • Saelig Company - Xprotolab miniature oscilloscope and AWG
  • Tektronix - MDO4000 mixed-domain oscilloscope

The complete list of EDN's Hot 100 Products can be found online at http://www.edn.com/article/519946-EDN_Hot_100_products_of_2011.php?cid=hot100 or within the December 15, 2011 issue of EDN Magazine.

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