Readers' Choice 2016

EDN staff- December 19, 2016

This year we worked on tough problems, remembered engineers we admire, tore some electronics down,  and, we hope, learned a few things along the way. So take a look back at 2016, to see what the year brought for engineers, and what your peers were reading and commenting on, with this collection of the year’s most-clicked-on articles from EDN, listed in reverse-chronological order.

Also see:
EDN Hot 100 products of 2016

Hot technologies: Looking ahead to 2017

Readers' Choice 2015


Electronic products from hell

  • 12.09.2016

There are plenty of instances where reputable companies have produced awful products. Read More...


How one researcher cracked the iPhone 5c

  • 10.11.2016

Larry Desjardin describes how one researcher cracked the iPhone 5c using test and measurement equipment. Read More...


Why is everything junk? (Heat-pump edition)

  • 10.05.2016

No matter how wonderful today's high-technology products seem to be, they're almost invariably hobbled by design faults. I ponder why that might be, and discuss a specific product.Read More...


Teardown: The Tektronix P6042 current probe is a classic

  • 10.04.2016

The Tektronix P6042 current probe, introduced in 1969, allows you to understand and troubleshoot reactive circuits like switching power supplies, where the voltage and current waveforms are not in phase or proportional. Read More...


Thermocouple physics: Even Jim Williams got it wrong

  • 10.02.2016

So many engineers have incorrectly written about how thermocouple work. Jim Williams was among them in an EDN article published in 1988. Read More...


Samsung recall: Tech solutions to enhance lithium-ion battery safety

  • 09.15.2016

Lithium-ion batteries have exhibited problems in laptops, electric vehicles, hoverboards, on aircraft, and in smartphones. What technology can help prevent such disasters? Read More...


Air pressure sensors in smartphones: Transforming navigation and fitness tracking

  • 09.13.2016

Barometric pressure sensors are being integrated into smartphones, wearables, IoT devices, and drones. Why measure air pressure? Read More...


Thermocouples: Basic principles and design essentials

  • 09.13.2016

It takes carefully designed and implemented circuitry to design a high-accuracy thermocouple interface. The first step is to understand the underlying physics principles of this widely used temperature sensor.Read More...


How much common current is too much?: Rule of Thumb #31

  • 09.09.2016

Watch out for the EMC failure mode caused by mere microamps. Read More...


Electrical engineering in the 1960s: The transistor changed everything

  • 09.02.2016

Everything we do today in electronics is based on the transistor, but it wasn't always that way. Here's how one engineer described what happened when transistors came along. Read More...

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