EDN Magazine Reveals Finalists for Innovation Awards

2/3/2006 - EDN Magazine, the Voice of the Engineer, named the final contenders in its 16th annual Innovation Awards program. From this select list of finalists, judging now goes to the engineering community at large around the world.

The prestigious EDN Innovation Awards draw hundreds of entries annually from every sector of the electronics industry. EDN's technical editors review the entries through a rigorous screening process and select the finalists, which are published in EDN's February 2, 2006 print issue and on EDN.com. Engineers who want a voice in selecting the year's most outstanding engineers and technology advances can vote for their favorites by going to www.edn.com/innovation, or they can cast a ballot directly. Voting continues from today through February 28th.

"Technology advancements do not just fuel computers and communications. The work engineers do touches every aspect of the way people live and work around the globe," stated John Schirmer, EDN's group publisher. "The innovations of engineers are seen everyday in the workplace, the living room, hospital corridors, in space exploration, and even the great outdoors. EDN's Innovation Awards program celebrates that ingenuity and invention."

"Once again, communications and digital media are the threads that link this year's finalists," said Maury Wright, EDN's editor-in-chief. "We had an especially large group of test entries resulting in a set of finalists specific to communications test. The digital, analog, and IC categories are full of communication and digital media enablers. There is also significant representation from the EDA and IP sectors, which are essential to the systems-on-chip that power digital media products. As always, the list of entrants is impressive."

Finalists and Judging Categories
Engineers may vote for one of the following finalists in each category of the 16th Annual Innovation Award Program:

Innovator of the Year

Analog ICs

ASSPs and SOCs

Communication ICs

Digital ICs and Programmable Logic

Digital SOC/IP

EDA (Design and Implementation)

EDA (Verification and Analysis)

Embedded Systems

Power ICs

Power Systems and Modules


Sensors and Components


Test and Measurement (Broad Application)

Test and Measurement (Application Specific)

Best Contributed Article

EDN Innovation Awards - Event Details
EDN will hold its 16th annual Innovation Awards ceremony from 6:00pm to 10:00pm on Monday, April 3rd, 2006, at the 4th Street Summit Center in San Jose, California. Attendees can register for the black-tie gala event.

About the EDN Innovation Awards Program
Now in their 16th 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 today's innovators, the program's mission is to nurture future 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 chosen by the Innovator of the Year.

Previous Innovation Winners
Previous Innovation winners include Agilent Technologies, Altera Corporation, AMCC, AMD, Analog Devices, ARM, Atheros Communications, Apache Design Solutions, Bay Microsystems, Broadcom, Cadence Design Systems, Cornice, Cypress Semiconductor, Data Translation, Enpirion, Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Green Hills Software, Intel, International Rectifier, Intersil Corporation, Knowles Acoustics, The Mathworks, Matrix Semiconductor, Mentor Graphics, Motorola Semiconductor Products, National Instruments, National Semiconductor, Power-One, Silicon Laboratories, STMicroelectronics, Tektronix, Texas Instruments, Vicor Corporation, Virtual Silicon Technology, Vishay Intertechnology, and Zarlink Semiconductor.

About EDN - Celebrating 50 Years of Innovation
Known as the "voice of the engineer," Waltham, MA-based 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.com. The publication is celebrating its 50th year of publication in 2006.

EDN is published by Reed Business Information, the largest business-to-business publisher in the U.S. and a member of the Reed Elsevier Group plc (NYSE: RUK and ENL) - a world-leading publisher and information provider operating in the science and medical, legal, education and business-to-business industry sectors.

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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