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e-Legacy 2014: and the winners are....

12 September 2014

The eighth e-Legacy Awards event was held in London last week and I'm taking advantage of my blogspot this week to reveal the winners.

Originally launched in 2007 by sister magazine Electronic Product Design (now Electronic Product Design & Test), e-Legacy has become a focal point for the UK electronics industry, focusing on the environmental aspects of technological innovation as well as the technology itself.

This year saw a change to the e-Legacy format, as EPDT was joined by Panel Building & System Integration and Design Products & Applications magazines in order to extend the engineering reach of this competition.

We identified five Award categories for 2014: Education (sponsored  by Goss Springs); Energy; Environmental (sponsored by RS Components); Health, and Sustainability (sponsored by National Instruments).

Details of all the finalists can be found in our digital issue archive here (go to DPA July page 17); so, here are the results, which were announced on Tuesday 9 September:

Education
Finalists: Weald Technology, The Murrelektronik Scholarship, Harwin, National Instruments
The Winner: National Instruments (for its partnership with LEGO to inspire the next generation of engineers)

Energy
Finalists: Cree, CC-Link Partner Association, National Instruments, WERMA SignalTechnik
The Winner: Cree (for its SiC power module)

Environmental
Finalists: Linear Technology,Microsemi,Ericsson Power Modules, International Rectifier
The Winner: Linear Technology (for its LTC4120 wireless power receiver and battery charger)

Health
Finalists: ON Semiconductor, Vero Technologies, Silicon Labs, Xilinx
The Winner: Vero Technologies (for its antimicrobial metal and plastic enclosures)

Sustainability
Finalists: Abssac, Digi-Key, Harwin, Retex
The Winner: Digi-Key (recognising its environmental performance and ISO 14001 certification)

EPDT and PBSI editor Alistair Winning and I had the privilege of choosing one company from all the finalists who we thought deserved special recognition. Our 'Editor's Award' (sponsored by Harwin) went to Weald Technology for its dedication to inspiring the next generation of engineers.

For the last two years, Weald Technology founder and managing director, Phil Edwards, has celebrated National Motorsport Week by giving talks and demonstrations to primary and secondary schools.

The company is currently working on a project to build the world's fastest electric motorbike and has challenged local college students to help with the aerodynamic studies and bodywork design.

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists - and a very big thank you to all those many readers who took the trouble to vote in this competition - making the outcome a true readers' choice.

Les Hunt
Editor




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