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The top 10 most popular analog and mixed signal news stories of 2010

December 22, 2010 // Paul Buckley

The top 10 most popular analog and mixed signal news stories of 2010

So it is that time of year when you want to put your feet up after digging your car out of the snowdrift. While you are waiting for your Xmas turkey or nut cutlet to defrost you can pass the time by taking a peek at EE Times Europe Analog's Top 10 most popular news stories of 2010.  The results are based on the news stories that were accessed by EE Times Europe Analog's readership since January 1, 2010.

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This year's most popular news items seem quite mixed bag. High performance ADCs seem to high on this year's pre-Xmas shopping list but haptic controllers, MEMS gyroscope devices and smart energy harvesting all seem to be popular keywords for use by the modern analog design engineers' search engines. A couple of quirky favorites for the inquisitive were stories about new transceivers that enable consumer brain control headsets to open door to wireless mind gaming and the potential of quantum film to replace the conventional CMOS image sensors in digital cameras.

The top ten news stories of 2010 are listed here in reverse order. Check out whether your favourite story is there.

10. 250 MSPS 16-bit ADC claims new level of signal processing performance

This story saw Analog Devices, Inc., claiming the industry's fastest 16-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC) with the unveiling of a 250 MSPS ADC that aims to provide a new level of signal processing performance for communications, test and measurement and defense electronics applications. The AD9467 features a high spurious-free dynamic range (SFDR) of up to 100 dBFs (90 dBFs up to 300 MHz) and signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) performance of 76.4 dBFS.

The new converter is targeting applications such as radar systems, spectrum analyzers and multi-carrier, multi-mode receiver designs for wireless infrastructure equipment that are defined by high resolution and throughput.

9. RS unveils online Arduino resource centre

RS Components unveiled a comprehensive Arduino Resource Centre which follows on from the Arduino DevCamp hosted through, DesignSpark, the new online design gateway to resources and review. RS offers the Arduino Duemilanove board, support modules, components and resources across Europe, Asia and Africa. The RS Arduino Resource Centre contains everything engineers and students need to start designing straight away, including selector guides, customer reviews, videos and free Arduino software to download. Arduino MCU boards, Shield boards, workshop kits, books and other accessories are profiled in the Centre. There are also direct links to the Arduino wiki for support and inspiration and to RS' extensive range of sensors, motors and support components.
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