This section of EDN's Hot 100 Products of 2012 features analog ICs including amplifiers, data converters, and others offering significant similar analog functions. Click on any product name to read the original full article on EDN:
AD8232 heart-rate monitor AFE
"...meets low-power and signal conditioning needs of vital sign monitors in fitness equipment, wearable devices and remote health monitoring"
AD8237 zero-drift precision instrumentation amplifier
"...combines power efficiency, zero-drift accuracy for portable devices."
AFE4300 weigh scale and body composition AFE
"...the industry's first fully integrated analog front end for both weight and body composition measurement."
Analog/mixed-signal peripheral modules for FPGAs
"...peripheral modules span a variety of commonly used analog and mixed-signal functions."
Maxim Integrated Products
LMH6881 and LMH6882 programmable differential amplifiers
The programmable gain control [in the devices] eliminates the need for gain-setting resistors and their associated mismatch errors... Texas Instruments
LTC4366 floating surge stopper IC
"...clamps 500V and more, allows cool-down period." Linear Technology
MC33813 and MC33814 electronic engine control ICs
"...for small internal combustion engines for transportation, industrial and consumer applications." Freescale Semiconductor
"...a low-power, low-cost DAC featuring a 1.8-5.5V wide operating voltage range in a 6-pin SC70 package." Microchip Technology
TFA9887 3.7W audio system
"...boosts the output power of micro speakers by over 5 times, vastly improving the sound quality of mobile devices." NXP Semiconductors
TS12011 and TS12012 op amp/comparator/reference combo ICs
"...provide 10x reduction in power consumption and operation to 0.65V [and deliver] always on, single cell operation." Touchstone Semiconductor
Zeus smart meter SoC
"...secures the life cycle, the developer's IP, and the grid itself with proven embedded security technology." Maxim Integrated Products