Altera, Analog, Avnet, Cadence, Freescale, NI Sponsor Innovation Awards

2/8/2005 - EDN Magazine, the premier design publication for electrical engineers, has announced six high-profile sponsors for its 15th annual Innovation Awards. Altera, Analog Devices, Avnet, Cadence Design Systems, Freescale Semiconductor, and National Instruments will support the event, which honors the people, products, and technologies that have shaped the semiconductor industry over the past year.

Avnet returns for the third year as platinum sponsor for the Innovation Awards. Altera, Analog Devices, and National Instruments return for the second year in a row, and Cadence and Freescale join the event for the first time.

"As world leaders in supply-chain services, Avnet understands that innovation is the first link in any chain," states Ian Basey, Director of Marketing, Integrated Marketing Team at Avnet Electronics Marketing. "Behind every inventive and original electronic device that hits the market is a team of creative minds that have advanced technology in ways most end users will never realize. It is innovation that fuels our industry, our economy, and our quality of life. By sponsoring this event, we not only salute creativity, we help to ensure its continuation."

"The event sponsors share their commitment to keeping the spirit of innovation burning brightly," adds EDN Publishing Director Stephen Moylan. "Although the industry recognition is critical, we have a larger goal of attracting more people to engineering as a profession. These awards let us show young people that being an engineer lets them express their own talent, creativity, and energy to help humanity."

Event Details
EDN will hold the Innovation Awards ceremony from 6:00pm to 11:00pm on Monday, March 7th, 2005, at The Palace Hotel, New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA. Attendees can register for the event at

About the EDN Innovation Awards and Winners
Now in their 15th year, the EDN Innovation Awards honor the people, products, and technologies that have shaped the semiconductor industry over the past year. In addition to recognizing the innovators of today, the program also nurtures the award-winning designers of tomorrow through an annual contribution to engineering education. EDN donates a portion of the proceeds from the Innovation Awards ceremony to the engineering university of the Innovator of the Year's choice.

Previous winners include Advanced Micro Devices, Altera, Agilent Technologies, Analog Devices, Apache Design Solutions, Broadcom, Cadence Design Systems, Cornice, Cypress Semiconductor, Fujitsu Microelectronics, Green Hills Software, International Rectifier, Linear Technology, Mentor Graphics, Motorola, National Instruments, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments, The Mathworks, and Vicor Corporation.

About EDN
EDN, the premier design magazine of the electronics industry, is published by Reed Business Information. Headquartered in Newton, Massachusetts, EDN serves the vital information needs of design engineers and engineering managers worldwide. The EDN franchise includes EDN, EDN Europe, EDN Asia, EDN Australia, EDN China, EDN Japan, and

EDN is a publication within Reed Electronics Group, part of Reed Elsevier plc group (NYSE: RUK and ENL) -- a world-leading publisher, trade-show producer, and information provider operating in the science and medical, legal, educational, and business-to-business industry sectors.

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