COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS DESIGN Announces the Second Annual Comet Awards

Jul 18, 2000

Industry Magazine Selects 20 Companies to Watch in 2002

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS DESIGN, the monthly magazine for OEM design engineers and managers involved in the development of communication systems, today announced the 20 recipients of its second annual Comet awards. The Comet awards recognize up and coming communications technology companies that have demonstrated superior achievement by virtue of their innovation, technical vision, and risk-taking. The award winners will be prominently featured in the September issue of the magazine, and will also be honored at a banquet to be held on October 1st at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose in conjunction with the Communications Design Conference (October 1-4, San Jose Convention Center).

"We are proud to announce our second annual set of Comets," said Rob Keenan, Editor-in-Chief of COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS DESIGN. "In such a tumultuous year, it has been difficult to identify companies that have the right mix of technology, vision and focus to make a mark. Nevertheless, our editorial board sorted through the chaos to select 20 companies we feel are well-positioned to become big players in the quickly changing communication market."

The Comet award winners were selected from a field of 70 emerging communications companies by a panel of editors from industry publications COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS DESIGN, EMBEDDED SYSTEMS PROGRAMMING, COMMSDESIGN.COM and EE TIMES.

The 2001 Comet Award Winners

The Comet awards include companies in several areas, including software, boards, chips and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), recognizing the breadth of innovation now being applied to the communications marketplace. The recipients of the 2001 Comet awards are:

  -- Agility Communications, optical networking solutions,
  -- Airslide Systems, IP-based convergence technology for cellular
  -- Andes Networks, third generation ASIC-based SSL accelerators,
  -- Atheros, wireless networking technologies,
  -- Atoga Systems, intelligent wavelength division multiplexing solutions,
  -- Avici Systems, routing solutions for intelligent IP over optical
  -- Bay Microsystems, optical Internet network processors,
  -- Bookham Technology, silicon integrated optical components,
  -- Gotham Networks, mesh networking infrastructure,
  -- Cambridge Silicon Radio Ltd. (CSR), single-chip radio devices,
  -- Connect One, fabless semiconductors,
  -- GoAhead Software, communications reliability solutions,
  -- MAYAN Networks, next generation metro access platform,
  -- Optical Switch, transparent optical switching products and
     microlithography services,
  -- Pluris Communications, next generation multi-stage terabit routers,
  -- Power X Networks, silicon-and-development systems,
  -- Sonus Networks, next generation voice infrastructure products,
  -- Southampton Photonics, optical components and subsystems,
  -- Tellium, high-speed, scalable core switches for optical networks,
  -- Village Networks, carrier-class solutions for the optical Internet,

Past recipients of the Comet Awards include such growing communications companies as ENEA OSE Systems (now OSE Systems), a high-availability RTOS developer, and Juniper Networks, who emerged strongly in the optical networking arena. Other Comet winners of 2000 included Virata, Tropian, and Samsung Telecommunications. The complete list of 2000 Comet Award winners is available online at


COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS DESIGN ( is the magazine for engineers and managers involved in the design and development of communications systems and equipment. The magazine focuses on the leading-edge wired, optical and wireless technologies employed in the development of personal, home/soho, enterprise, and infrastructure systems and equipment. With a qualified circulation of 50,000 communications engineers and managers, COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS DESIGN is published by CMP Media LLC.

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