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EDN-China reveals 2014 Innovation Awards winners
Dr. Li Tingwei of Broadcom and professor Zhou Ligong of Guangzhou Zhiyuan Electronics named
Innovators of the Year 2014
SHANGHAI, June 27, 2014EDN-China, an electronics design publication of Global Sources' (NASDAQ: GSOL) joint venture, eMedia Asia Limited, named Dr. Li Tingwei, Broadcom's President of Greater China and Senior VP of Sales, and professor Zhou Ligong, Founder of Guangzhou Zhiyuan Electronics, as co-recipients of the Innovator of the Year 2014 at the annual Innovation Awards presentation ceremony in Shanghai yesterday.

The two innovators are highly respected within the industry. Zhou, Founder of Guangzhou Zhiyuan Electronics, is widely recognized for turning his personal and corporate innovations quickly into market success, fulfilling the urgent needs of mainland China's electronics industry. In addition to being a renowned pioneer in MCU development, he has successfully expanded into the areas of test and measurement, embedded industrial control, Internet of Things (IoT), and power modules.

Since his appointment as Broadcom's President for Greater China last year, Li has shown outstanding leadership that has brought closer collaboration with prominent OEMs and carriers, achieving innovations and market share growth in the fields of broadband connectivity, wireless, mobile and automotive networking.

Brandon Smith, President of eMedia Asia Limited, said: "The EDN-China Innovation Awards pay tribute to technologies, companies and people that have contributed to the advancement of local electronics design and product performance. All our winners and finalists fully deserve the honor."

Innovating for the future

In the past, the Innovation Awards bestowed Best Product Awards in nine categories: test and measurement, power devices and modules, development tools and software, programmable logic, analog and mixed-signal ICs, embedded systems, communication and networking, microprocessors and DSPs, and passive components and sensors.

As part of the Innovation Awards' 10th anniversary, EDN-China has introduced special awards this year to recognize outstanding companies which have received the most accolades in the past decade, including:

  • Best Products
  • Innovative Local Company
  • Best International Distributor
  • Best Local Distributor
  • Outstanding International Distributor
  • Outstanding Local Distributor

EDN-China has also introduced award categories that honor companies and technologies that are expected to have significant impacts on the development of mainland China's electronics industry in the years to come: the Top 10 Most Influential Technologies for the Future and Top 10 Companies with Strongest Sustainable Development Capability.

More than 130 companies joined this year's Awards program, with around 800,000 registered online users and readers participating in the voting process. To ensure the Awards' professionalism, authoritativeness and objectivity, all entries underwent a stringent review by EDN-China's analysts, and were selected via online voting and adjudication by industry experts.

"Throughout the past decade, the Innovation Awards have received strong support from international and mainland China technology vendors as well as the local engineer community. We have recognized a multitude of groundbreaking technologies, outstanding companies and superb innovators, all contributing to the rapid development of the local industry," added Smith.

"EDN-China is committed to continuing in its mission to provide in-depth reporting on such cutting-edge technologies and industry players so as to facilitate innovation among design engineers," concluded Smith.

Winners of the 10th EDN-China Innovative Awards unveiled

Winners of each category, in alphabetical order, are as follows:

  • Innovator of the Year 2014: Dr. Li Tingwei, President of Greater China and Senior VP of Sales, Broadcom, and Zhou Ligong, Founder, Guangzhou Zhiyuan Electronics
  • Top 10 Companies with Strongest Sustainable Development Capability: Altium Information Technology (Shanghai), Analog Devices, ARM, Guizhou HunterSun Electronics, Microchip Technology, Mouser Electronics, Qualcomm, Rigol Technologies, Rohde & Schwarz (China) Technology, and TE Connectivity
  • Top 10 Most Influential Technologies for the Future: high-accuracy battery drain analysis technology for smartphones and portable devices (Agilent Technologies China), enabling silicon convergence at 14nm and 20nm (Altera), breakthrough technology for software defined radio (SDR) applications (Analog Devices), ARMv8 Architecture (ARM), Atmel® XSense® touch sensor (Atmel), TINI® Power SoC (Maxim Integrated), LabVIEW RIO Architecture (National Instruments), Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (Qualcomm Technologies), next wave of energy harvesting design (Texas Instruments Semiconductor Technologies Shanghai), and Xilinx All Programmable SoC technology (Xilinx)
  • Leading Technologies Awards: low receive current in radio frequency technology (AMICCOM Electronics), WICED™ (Broadcom), Enhancement-mode eGaN® FET technology (Efficient Power Conversion), Fluke LaserSharp® Auto Focus (Fluke Shanghai), easy-to-use, expertly integrated mixed-signal MCUs that help simplify system design for automotive applications (Freescale Semiconductor), 3D 360° Wraparound View System for Auto (Fujitsu Semiconductor Shanghai), Third-generation high-performance, programmable universal frequency translator (Integrated Device Technology), DesignSpark Mechanical (RS Components), the technology of ultra energy-friendly 32-bit MCU based on ARM Cortex™-M core (Silicon Labs), TransferJet™ (Toshiba Electronics China)
  • 10 Years of Innovation Awards - Best Products:
    • Test & Measurement: Agilent Technologies (China), Tektronix (China)
    • Communication & Networking: Broadcom
    • Analog & Mixed-signal ICs/ Embedded Systems / Microprocessors & DSPs / Power Devices & Modules: Texas Instruments Semiconductor Technologies (Shanghai)
    • Passive Components & Sensors: Analog Devices, Vishay Intertechnology
    • Development Tools & Software: Cadence Design Systems
    • Programmable Logic: Xilinx
  • 10 Years of Innovation Awards:
    • Innovative Local Company: Rigol Technologies
    • Best International Distributor: Arrow Electronics China, Avnet Electronics Marketing Asia
    • Best Local Distributor: Guangzhou ZLG MCU Technology
    • Outstanding International Distributor: WPG Holdings, Future Electronics and Mouser Electronics
    • Outstanding Local Distributor: China Electronic Appliance Shenzhen, Honestar Technologies and Sekorm
    • Most Popular Blogger: Wu Houhang, Zhu Yulong, Wang Minzhi, Lin Jiquan and Chen Zhisheng

The 2014 EDN-China Innovation Awards ceremony was sponsored by Honestar Technologies. For more information about the Awards, please visit:

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