Hot technologies: Looking ahead to 2012
Here, our editors pay homage to those creators with a look at some of the hot trends and technologies in 2011 - and a look ahead to 2012 - that engineers have helped create and advance (click on a link to read):
The science fiction future of medical implants is here - Steve Taranovich
Semiconductor solutions contained in hand-held consumer product innovations are now finding their way into medical implantables
Mobile apps: The next engineering tool - Martin Rowe
Mobile apps show great promise as the next wave of measurement instruments, reference tools, computational tools, simulators, and system controllers.
Energy conservation spurs LED lighting acceptance - Margery Conner
Japan struggles to restore full energy to homes and businesses, driving a faster acceptance of power-miserly LED lighting. The global community questions nuclear as a safe alternative to carbon-intensive fuels.
LED drivers are making that glow happen - Bill Schweber
The diversity and application-optimization of LED drivers are starting to resemble their analog cousins of op amps and A/D converters.
Ultra-low-power wireless makes inroads into many applications - Janine Love
Low-power and ultra-low-power wireless devices continue to improve our 'quality of experience' in life, by giving us peace of mind, convenience, and new forms of entertainment.
The hottest trends in programmable logic - Clive "Max" Maxfield
New chips are both bigger than anything we've seen before in capacity and performance and smaller than anything we've seen before in capacity and packaging.
Automotive electronics: What's hot in 2012 - Rick DeMeis
2012 looks to be a year of consolidation as technologies introduced previously - like voice recognition and electrified power trains - become more widespread across model lines.
Audio performance advances in portables - Rich Pell
Mobile audio quality is being addressed on several fronts, including portable devices' built-in hardware and software/processing capabilities, as well as media quality itself.
MCUs: High-end devices flourish - Colin Holland
It is the balance between the traditional technologies and the newer kid on the block - ARM - that is providing an area of interest.
PC boards: Materials and processing are now a hot technology - Paul Rako
Exotic substrates and fabrication methods are now commonplace.
Also see the EDN Hot 100 products of 2011.