ECN proudly presents the winners of the 2010 Reader's Choice Tech Awards! Congratulations to the winners and to all who were nominated! 

ECN Readers Choice

Boards, Modules, and Embedded Systems

Texas Instruments - MSP430 MCU Value Line and LaunchPad Development KitFirst PlaceTexas Instruments - MSP430 MCU Value Line and LaunchPad Development Kit

LaunchPad is TI’s simple, yet thorough, introduction to 16-bit MCU development, offering all of the hardware and software a developer needs to get started.

Electromechanical/Mechanical Devices

TT electronicsTT electronics BI Technologies - RB/RBM precision turns-counting dial

The Model RB/RBM Series 1-13/16” diameter turns counting dial has the capability to count up to 15 turns, and features superior turning tightness with an improved locking mechanism.  

Integrated Circuits

First PlaceMicrochipMicrochip Technology - PIC12F1822 8-pin, 8-bit microcontroller

The PIC12F1822 microcontroller features include a low pin count and an industry-leading active current.


Optoelectronics and Displays

Cree_MPLFirst PlaceCree - Xlamp MPL

The XLamp MP-L EasyWhite LED offers the performance, color consistency and lumen density to displace conventional light sources, in a 12 mm x 13 mm package.


Packaging and Interconnects - It's a tie!

Conec - Solid-body D-sub connector seriesFirst PlaceConec - Solid-body D-sub connector series

The water-resistant solid-body D-sub connector system developed by CONEC is intended for applications where dust and water are factors.  

MPD - Battery Gliders for CR2450 lithium cellsFirst PlaceMPD - Battery Gliders for CR2450 lithium cells

Battery gliders combine the low cost of retainers with higher reliability than regular coin-cell battery holders.


Passive & Discrete Devices

FairchildFirst PlaceFairchild Semiconductor – FDMC7660 30V N-Channel PowerTrench MOSFET

The 30V N-Channel PowerTrench MOSFET is best used for Power Management and load-switching applications that are common in portable battery packs or notebook computers.



   First PlaceTexas Instruments - NexFET Power Block CSD86350Q5DTexas Instruments - NexFET Power Block CSD86350Q5D

The CSD86350Q5D NexFET power block is an optimized design for synchronous buck applications offering high current, high efficiency, and high frequency capability in a small 5-mm × 6-mm outline.



  OSRAM Opto Semiconductors SFH 5712 digital ambient light sensorFirst PlaceOSRAM Opto Semiconductors SFH 5712 digital ambient light sensor

The SFH 5712 is a low-voltage digital ambient light sensor that detects ambient light with a relative sensitivity matching the human eye and delivers high speed data rates of up to 3.4 MHz.



Test & Measurement

  Infiniium 90000 X-Series oscilloscopesFirst PlaceAgilent Technologies - DSA93204A 32-GHz Infiniium Oscilloscope

The DSA93204A is presented as the highest bandwidth real-time oscilloscope that measures rise times as fast as 12.4pS (10/90) with transistor cutoff frequencies in excess of 200 GHz.



Energy Efficiency

  Microchip Technology Debuts nanoWatt XLP MicrocontrollersFirst PlaceMicrochip Technology - nanoWatt XLP Microcontrollers

Three of nanoWatt XLP Technology’s key advantages are: Sleep currents down to 20 nA, Real-Time Clock currents down to 500 nA, and Watchdog Timer currents down to 400 nA.