This annual countdown lists the How-To stories you have found most interesting over the past 12 monthsas determined by the number of page views each feature received.
At Number 10 is a story from last January, FPGAs tackle microcontroller tasks: Part 1 - Application growth strains architecture and ASICs. This feature details how FPGAs have the flexibility to handle the explosive growth in automotive electronics content.
Number 9 is an article that has proven enduring (it was the second ranked How-To in 2007 and first posted in 2005!), Electric power steering: one good turn deserves another. The author notes how all-electric power steering is lighter, saps less power, and is more adaptable than previous hydraulic designs.
We have a tie for the Number 7 spot. One of these is a story that placed seventh last year as well, Implement embedded speed control for brushless DC motors: Part 1, detailing the basics of brushless motor control.
The second Number 7 finisher is Designing a Vehicle Instrument Panel Cluster--A Case Study.
At Number 6, voice-activated infotainment developments are highlighted in Mini-teardown reveals Ford Sync's economical design.
Coming in at Number 5 is an evergreen feature (it was Number 10 in 2007), Design with ultra-low voltage MOSFET arrays.
Number 4 is, Inside the Toyota Prius: Part 5 - Inverter/converter is Prius' power broker. This feature received even stronger readership than in 2007, when it came in Number 6.
Last summer's record fuel prices propelled an update of a previous deep-dive into Prius electronic technologies, Prius technology primer, into the Number 3 slot. This feature also includes information on the Chevy Volt and how to select a high-mileage vehicle.
First runner up at Number 2 is a back-to-basics feature, Tech Tutorial: How to design an FPGA from scratch. When veteran ASIC designer Sven Andersson learned how to work with FPGAs, he created this step-by-step tutorial to teach others.
The top article this year garnered more page views than the other top nine stories combined, and it was also the Number 1 winner in 2007 as well! An introduction to depletion-mode MOSFETs tells you how these devices work and how to apply them in diverse applications.
Thanks go to the authors who took their time and expertise to share their knowledge with us, and to you, our readers, for making these efforts successful.