EE Times Announces Finalists for Annual EE Times Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards

Top Technology Companies Will Be Honored at Black-Tie Affair

Jan 20, 2005

CMP Media's EE Times today announced that 77 finalists have been selected for the inaugural EE Times Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards to be held at the Embedded Systems Conference on March 9, 2005, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. This landmark gala event will honor the people, companies and products that demonstrate leadership in the electronics industry.

A prestigious panel of judges -- made up of industry visionaries, leading technologists, educators and Wall Street executives -- selected the finalists from a total of more than 340 entries in seven categories. One winner from each category will be announced at the awards ceremony, in addition to winners in seven categories for Ultimate Products of the Year.

"A celebration of the leaders in this industry -- both the companies and individuals -- was long overdue," said Paul Miller, VP/Group Publisher, CMP Media Electronics Group. "The high number and quality of submissions we received truly point to the ongoing innovation and vitality of the industry."

  The categories and finalists include:

  Company of the Year -- Large

This award celebrates the company that exhibits the highest degree of professionalism in staff development and retention, customer focus, technical excellence and profitable growth -- a true leader in the electronics sector (over $1 billion in sales).


  * Advanced Micro Devices                * Raytheon
  * ATI Technologies, Inc.                * Texas Instruments
  * Broadcom Corporation

  Company of the Year -- Small / Medium

This award celebrates the small- or medium-sized company that exhibits the highest degree of professionalism in staff development and retention, customer focus, technical excellence and profitable growth -- a true leader in the electronics sector (under $1 billion in sales).


  * Atheros Communications                * National Instruments
  * Linear Technology Corporation         * Silicon Laboratories Inc.
  * Virage Logic

  Emerging Company of the Year

This award goes to a start-up chip or system company, in business less than two years, that demonstrates excellence in business and/or technology development processes and has the potential to become a technical or market leader in the global electronics industry.


  * Aruba Wireless Networks               * Synfora, Inc.
  * Motia, Inc.                           * Wave7 Optics
  * Nantero, Inc.

  Executive of the Year

This award goes to an individual who brought leadership, technological and fiscal vision to a company, organization or company division during the 2004 calendar period.


  * John Daane, Altera Corporation        * Hector Ruiz, Advanced
  * Chia Song Hwee, Chartered               Micro Devices
    Semiconductor Manufacturing           * Robert H. Swanson, Jr., Linear
  * Christine King, AMI                     Technology Corporation
    Semiconductor (AMIS)

  Innovator of the Year

This award goes to an individual who brought leadership, creativity and out-of-the-box thinking to a technology, a product or a business.


  * James T Doyle, National               * Mario Paniccia, Intel
    Semiconductor                         * John Santhoff, Pulse-LINK, Inc.
  * Saishankar Nandagopalan,              * Fred Ware, Rambus
    Philips Research USA

  Most Promising New Technology

This award goes to a compelling electronic component or enabling technology that is outstanding in its technical design, potential for market impact and demonstrable leadership in its area.


  * IBM                                   * Nantero, Inc.
  * Intel                                 * SiliconPipe, Inc.
  * Molecular Imprints, Inc.

  Design Team of the Year

This award goes to a group of innovators whose system-or IC-level design made a significant contribution to the furtherance of technology and whose project management abilities were creative, efficient and inspiring.


  * Fulcrum Microsystems                  * Impinj, Inc.
  * GE Healthcare                         * Infinera Corporation
  * IBM Research

  Ultimate Products of the Year

The Ultimate Products of the Year award goes to the most significant product introduced in the last twelve months in each of seven categories as determined by a large-scale peer review. Finalists in each category were chosen by selected, qualified readers of EE Times and eeProductCenter on a quarterly basis via electronic balloting. Quarterly voting was from a list of ten nominees submitted to readers by expert editors with accompanying editorial reviews. Products were rated by "technical significance" and "likelihood of use."


  Analog ICs
  * Andigilog                             * National Semiconductor
  * Texas Instruments                     * Intersil
  * Microsemi Corp.                       * Silicon Laboratories

  Processors & Memory
  * Analog Devices, Inc.                  * The MathWorks
  * ARM                                   * Freescale Semiconductor*
  * Renesas Technology America

  * OPTEK                                 * ERNI Electronics
  * AuthenTec                             * Apogee Power Inc.
  * Oki Electric Industry Co.             * Agilent

  Logic & Programmable Logic
  * Analogix Semiconductor                * National Semiconductor
  * eASIC                                 * MathStar
  * Lattice                               * Texas Instruments, Inc.

  * Power-One                             * Texas Instruments, Inc.**
  * MGE UPS Systems                       * Linear Technology

  RF & Microwave
  * Integration Associates                * Cypress Semiconductor
  * Royal Philips Electronics             * Skyworks Solutions
  * Fairchild Semiconductor               * Conexant Systems

  Test & Measurement
  * Tektronix **                          * Aeroflex
  * Onset Computer Corp.                  * Bantam Instruments

  * Finalist for two products in this category
  ** Finalist for three products in this category

  About the EE Times ACE Awards

The EE Times ACE Awards were created to recognize the people, companies and products that show leadership in the electronics industry and will honor those who are leading the way and making positive contributions -- the real innovators of technology. Awards will be presented at a first-ever awards gala held during CMP Media's Embedded Systems Conference in San Francisco, on March 9, 2005, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Moscone Center. To purchase tickets and find out more about the event, visit

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About EE Times

EE Times ( is the premier technology and business newsweekly serving the information needs of 150,000 engineers and technical managers in North America. Together with EE Times Asia and China editions, EE Times print editions reach more than 200,000 electronics professionals worldwide.

EE Times' Network includes local language online editions,,,,, and The EE Times Network also includes specialized online Web sites such as,,, Planet Analog, and, averaging more than six million page views and reaching more than one million unique visitors each month. CMP Media LLC, headquartered in Manhasset, NY, publishes EE Times and the EE Times Network.

About CMP Media

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   For more information contact:
   Tim Avila
   Group Marketing Director
   CMP Media LLC - Electronics Group
   Tel:  +1-415-947-6653


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