SAN JOSE, Calif. — The EE Times and EDN Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards honored technology innovators who demonstrate global electronics industry leadership on Wednesday night (December 7) alongside the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Silicon Valley at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, CA.
This year’s ACE Awards winners and finalists by category are:
Company of the Year
Winner: Advanced Micro Devices
Executive of the Year
Winner: Steve Sanghi — Microchip Technology Inc.
Cees Links — Qorvo
Ward Williams — Prolabs
Design Team of the Year
Winner: Palladium Z1 Enterprise Emulation Platform Design Team — Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
CDNN2 Design Team — CEVA, Inc.
MAX9286 Automotive Design Team — Maxim Integrated
Innovator of the Year
Winner: Bobby Littrell — Vesper
David Hall — Velodyne LiDAR
Desmond Wong — TransSiP, Inc.
Marketing Team of the Year
Winner: Big Ass Marketing Team — Big Ass Solutions
Peregrine Semiconductor/ The Townsend Team — Peregrine Semiconductor
Rambus Team — Rambus
Internet of Things Product of the Year
Winner: Battery Powered Mobile IoT Nursing Workstation — Onyx Healthcare USA, Inc.
Cassia Hub Bluetooth Router — Cassia Networks
Valor IoT Manufacturing Solution — Mentor Graphics Corporation
Start Up of the Year
Winner: SiFive Inc.
Barefoot Networks Inc.
Gowin Semiconductor Corp
Winner: AD9371 — Analog Devices, Inc.
MAX9286 Quad GMSL Deserializer — Maxim Integrated
Super-TCXO — SiTime
Winner: TI DLP NIRscan Nano Evaluation Module (EVM) — Texas Instruments
Jetson TX1 Developer Kit — NVIDIA
Microchip LoRa Technology Evaluation Kit — Microchip Technology Inc.
LEDs and Lighting
Winner: ICL8105 — Infineon Technologies
Arctic Sand ARC1C0608 IC — Arctic Sand Technologies Fairchild FL77944
Direct AC Drive (DACD) — Fairchild Semiconductor
Logic / Interface / Memory
Winner: Samsung PM1633a Solid State Drive — Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.
IRMCK099 Motion Control IC — Infineon Technologies
Marvell Alaska 88E2010/40 Ethernet Transceivers — Marvell Technology Group
Passives, Interconnects, and Electromechanical
Winner: Precise 800 — Orbotech
Series 84 Halo Compact — EAO Corporation
T58 vPolyTan Solid Tantalum Surface Mount Chip Capacitors — Vishay Intertechnology
Winner: 48V Direct to POL Datacenter — Vicor
K2 3-vold (3V), 3,000-Farad Ultracapacitor Cell — Maxwell Technologies
Solution LT3042 — Linear Technology
Processors (FPGAs, MCUs, Microprocessors)
Winner: Stratix 10 MX SiP — Intel Corporation
EFLX Embedded FPGA IP Cores — Flex Logix Technologies, Inc.
Sitara AM57x Processors — Texas Instruments
Winner: MAXREFDES82# Smart Force Sensor Reference Design — Maxim Integrated
CYALKIT-E02 Solar-Powered BLE Sensor Beacon Reference Design Kit — Cypress Semiconductor Corp.
UDX10 for 4K60 Up/Down/Cross Conversion — Intel Corporation
Winner: VM1000 — Vesper
PGA411-Q1 Resolver Sensor Interface — Texas Instruments
ULTRA Puck VLP-32A — Velodyne LiDAR
Winner: Ultrahaptics Software Development Kit Version 2 — Ultrahaptics North America Incorporated
Altium Designer 16 — Altium
Xilinx SDSoC Development Environment — Xilinx
Test and Measurement Systems and Boards
Winner: Keithley DMM7510 — Tektronix
Mentor Graphics MicReD Power Tester 600A — Mentor Graphics Corporation
PicoScope 2000B Series Ultra Compact Oscilloscopes — Pico Technology
Wireless / RF
Winner: WiPry 5x — Oscium
Ezairo 7150 SL — ON Semiconductor
SimpleLink Sub-1 GHz CC1310 wireless MCU — Texas Instruments
The 2016 ACE Awards are judged by the following prestigious panel of academic and business leaders, as well as EDN and EE Times editors:
- Erach Desai Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
- Michael Dunn Technical Editor, EDN, UBM
- Gene Frantz Professor, Rice University
- Jessica MacNeil Senior Editor, EDN, UBM
- John Mashey Consultant, TechViser
- Lucio Lanza Managing Director, Lanza Tech Ventures
- Max Maxfield Content Chief, Embedded.com, Embedded Systems Conference, UBM
- Hailey McKeefry Editor-in-Chief, EBN, UBM
- Rick Merritt Silicon Valley Bureau Chief, EE Times, UBM
- Rich Quinnell Senior Technical Editor, EDN, EE Times, UBM
- Susan Rambo Executive Editor, EE Times, UBM
- Martin Rowe Senior Technical Editor, EDN, EE Times, UBM
- William Tai General Partner, Charles River Ventures
- Steve Taranovich Senior Technical Editor, EDN, EE Times, Planet Analog, UBM
- Junko Yoshida Chief International Correspondent, EE Times, UBM
ACE Lifetime Achievement joint winners, Contributor of the Year winner
David Andrew Patterson
Joint winners of this year's ACE Lifetime Achievement Award were Dave Patterson and John Hennessey, who co-wrote the seminal text in RISC processor architectures. Through their exceptional careers, Patterson further invested RAID and helped launch the open-source hardware movement around RISC-V, and Hennessey went on to co-found MIPS Computer Systems.
John Leroy Hennessy
Additionally, Ransom Stephens, physicist, engineer, author and 2016 ESC Silicon Valley Keynote presenter, received the 2016 Jim Williams Contributor of the Year ACE Award, sponsored by Linear Technology, for his highly regarded contributions to EDN in the areas of test & measurement.
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