Electronics projects score highly at awards

Electronics specialists performed well at the 2009 IET Innovation Awards. Among the winners was a next-generation pacemaker powered by the patient, an event-driven processor that executes eight tasks at the same time, an embedded hypervisor and a wearable device for health monitoring.

Xmos from Bristol won the Electronics Award for its 32bit processor that runs at up to 400MIPS and which can run eight tasks in parallel. Zarlink Semiconductor was the winner of the Emerging Technologies award for its patient-powered pacemaker – using energy-harvesting techniques to provide energy to the electronics inside.

Imperial College also won with a health application, picking up the Information Technology award for its wearable device for the real-time monitoring of breathing and heart rate.

Lynuxworks picked up the Security Award award for its LynxSecure 3.0 separation kernel and embedded hypervisor. “We were delighted to be presented with this very prestigious award from one of the world's leading professional bodies for engineers. It is an outstanding achievement for the whole LynxSecure team,” said Hamid Mirab, managing director for Europe, the Middle East and Asia at LynuxWorks.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) won the award for Software In Design with its simulation of micro-embossing and nano-imprinting lithography, that may be used in future chip architectures.

Achronix Semiconductor picked up the Start-Up Award for its high-speed field-programmable gate array (FPGA).

Nigel Fine, IET Chief Executive, said, “The IET Innovation Awards are always a highlight in the engineering calendar.
 
“Innovation provides solutions to many of the big challenges facing the modern world, such as energy supply and security, reductions in carbon emissions and the wider impact of climate change, healthcare, efficient transport, improved communications and security.
 
“The winners and shortlisted entries have demonstrated ingenuity, creativity and engineering excellence in solving problems or tackling issues which present real challenges to business and the wider world.”

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