EDN Magazine Reveals Winners of Innovation Award

3/11/2005 - EDN Magazine announced the winners of its 15th Annual EDN Innovation Awards at a gala celebration here last evening. The EDN Innovation Awards recognize both the global semiconductor industry's most significant advances in 13 major product categories and the innovative engineers who led the development of new technologies.

EDN also presented awards for the most outstanding contributed articles of the year and added a category to celebrate the "best-of-the-best" winners over the contest's 15-year history. The award for the "best-of" category spotlights the technological gems that won an Innovation Award in previous years and have withstood the tests of time, market dynamics, and capricious consumers.

Winners of this year's contest are: Susanne Paul, Silicon Laboratories; Atheros Communications; AMCC; Matrix Semiconductor; National Semiconductor; National Instruments; Virtual Silicon Technology; Knowles Acoustics; Enpirion; Power-One; Intel; Texas Instruments; Tektronix; Eric Bogatin, PhD, Synergetix; and Gene Garat, Mentor Graphics.

"Innovation is the heart and soul of engineering, and these awards demonstrate that the search for new technologies to improve quality of life is alive and well in the global semiconductor industry," said John Dodge, EDN editor in chief. "We applaud all the engineers who are dedicated to nurturing the spirit of discovery and invention."

"EDN sincerely thanks all of the companies that made the 2004 Innovation Awards program our best ever. This awards event is the most prestigious in our industry and an honor for our winners. We also want to recognize our continuing and new sponsors Avnet Electronics Marketing, Analog Devices, Cadence Design Systems, Freescale Semiconductor, Maestro Marketing & Public Relations, National Instruments, and Altera," said Stephen Moylan, president, Reed Business Information Boston Division and Publisher of EDN Worldwide. "Although the Innovation Awards spotlight achievements in engineering, the real success of our program has been in the dedication, support, and ongoing contributions of individuals, companies, universities, and others who nurture the spirit of innovation around the world."

How We Chose Innovators
Electronics-industry professionals make the initial nominations, and EDN's editors choose the finalists. The manufacturers of this year's nominated products must have introduced and commercially marketed those products in the 2004 calendar year. EDN announced the finalists in the Jan 20, 2005, and complete information appears on the finalist products at the EDN Web site, www.edn.com. A combination of voting by readers, the EDN Editorial Advisory Board, and the EDN editors chose the winners, whose names follow:

About EDN
EDN, the premier design magazine of the electronics industry, is published by Reed Business Information. EDN, with headquarters in Waltham, MA, 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.com.

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.

About the EDN Innovation Awards
Now in their 15th year, the EDN Innovation Awards honor the people, products, and technologies that have shaped the electronics 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. You can find complete information on the EDN Innovation Awards at www.edn.com/innovation.

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