Design News Announces 2017 Golden Mousetrap Awards Finalists, Lifetime Achievement Award Winner WiFi Pioneer Cees Links

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“Each year the Golden Mousetrap Awards honor design and manufacturing excellence,” said Suzanne Deffree, Content Director and Editor-in-Chief of Design News.

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“Each year the Golden Mousetrap Awards honor design and manufacturing excellence,” said Suzanne Deffree, Content Director and Editor-in-Chief of Design News. “We received a record number of entries for this year’s awards, all from stellar industry leaders and individuals who have driven a renaissance of manufacturing in North America. This year’s finalists have truly excelled at advancing engineering and innovation, and we’re thrilled to celebrate them with these prestigious awards.”

Golden Mousetrap Lifetime Achievement Award Winner 2017: Cees Links, General Manager of Qorvo’s Low Power Business Unit

The prestigious Golden Mousetrap Lifetime Achievement Award, developed and presented by Design News, recognizes an individual who has devoted their work to the Advanced Design and Manufacturing industry, and has successfully pushed the industry forward through their personal contributions to innovation within their respective field.

The 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Cees Links, is known for being a pioneer of wireless data and the visionary who brought the worlds of mobile computing and continuous networking together. Links studied at the Twente University of Technology in the Netherlands where he earned a Master’s Degree in Applied Mathematics and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering. Known as one of the most important people in wireless computing, Links began his career at NCR computers where he managed the development and launch of the world’s first wireless LAN product. Links continued his work in the wireless LAN area, where he secured a groundbreaking deal with Apple Computers in 1999 that sparked tremendous growth of the industry and culminated with wireless LAN as a standard notebook computer feature.

In 2004, Links founded GreenPeak Technologies, a fabless semiconductor company with a focus on wireless technology for ultra-low power sense and control networks for consumer electronics. GreenPeak was acquired by Qorvo in 2016 and, today, Links serves as General Manager of Qorvo’s Low Power Business Unit.

Gadget Freak of the Year winner, Rising Engineering Star winner, and 2017 Category Finalists include:

Gadget Freak of the Year

David Prutchi with his gadget – Dolpi – A Low-Cost, RasPi-based Polarization Camera Duo

Rising Engineering Star

Lindsay “Linz” Craig, Founder, QuestBotics Inc.

Automation & Control: Sensors, Vision Systems, Feedback Devices, & Peripherals

ULTRA Puck (VLP-32A) – Velodyne LiDAR CYALKIT-E02 Solar-Powered BLE Sensor Beacon Reference Design Kit – Cypress Semiconductor Corporation MAXREFDES82# Smart Force Sensor Reference Design – Maxim Integrated PGA411-Q1 resolver-to-digital converter with integrated exciter amplifier and power supply – Texas Instruments Inc. PZ30 Non-Contact Rotary Encoder – Joral LLC xtremeDB – Murrelektronik, Inc.

Automation & Control: Controllers

Kollmorgen Programmable Controller Multi-axis Master (PCMM) – Kollmorgen IndraControl XM 21/22 – Bosch Rexroth Corporation Bedrock universal control system – Bedrock Automation EPOS4 module 50/15 – Maxon Precision Motors Inc.

Automation & Control: Drives

Omron 1S Servo Drive & Motor – Omron Automation FAULHABER 1024 SR Series DC Motor – MICROMO G214 Microstep Drive – Geckodrive, Inc. EFC3610/5610 VFD – Bosch Rexroth Corporation EZ-QUAD-SERVO – ALLMOTION INC ACE DCH Series Actuator Control – American Control Electronics (ACE)

Automation & Control: Fluid Power Technologies

No Drip External Mix Atomizing Spray Nozzles – EXAIR Corporation

Automation & Control: Industrial Network Technologies (e.g. I/O, Ethernet, Wireless)

microSERV™ 4TB Data Storage Workstation – CONTEC DTx Inc. SimpleLink™ dual-band CC1350 wireless MCU – Texas Instruments Field Logic Controllers powered by ARGEE – Turck Inc. Marvell Alaska® 88E1510P/1512P/1510Q GbE Transceivers – Marvell Technology Group Pocket IO™ PLC Development Platform – Maxim Integrated

Automation & Control: Motors and Mechanical Motion Devices

StepSERVO Integrated Motors – Applied Motion Products NEXEN CRD DD – NEXEN GROUP Flexion N-Series 6 – Axis Robots- Epson Robots Electrak HD – Thomson Industries Inc. ETM Direct Drive Motor – Electric Torque Machines (ETM) Z-417 – Lin Engineering

Design Tools: Hardware & Software: Analysis & Calculation Software

DesignDRIVE with Position Manager – Texas Instruments MSC Apex Fossa – MSC Software Corporation DZynSource Mold Engineering Software – DZynSource LLC SYSPRO Enterprise Resource Planning Software – SYSPRO

Design Tools: Hardware & Software: CAD/PDM/PLM Software

Omnify Empower PLM 6.0 – Omnify Software Sequence Enterprise Work Instruction Software – FFD Inc. Factory in a Tool – nSCrypt Inc. Arena PLM – Arena Solutions

Electronics & Test: Analog/Power Management/Control

ISL78365 Laser Diode Driver for Automotive Head-Up Displays – Intersil Corporation LSP10GIHP Series – Thermally Protected Surge Protective Device – Littelfuse Inc. PSoC Analog Coprocessor – Cypress Semiconductor Corp. IHLD Low Profile, High Current Dual Inductors – Vishay Intertechnology ISL9237 USB-C Buck-Boost Battery Charger – Intersil Corporation

Electronics & Test: Components, Hardware & Interconnects

TouchView TDDI Technology – Synaptics Rewireable C13 IEC Lock + Connector – Scolmore International nRF52832 Multiprotocol Bluetooth low energy /ANT/2.4GHz RF SoC water level chip scale package – Nordic Semiconductor MicReD Power Tester 600A – Mentor Graphics Corporation Minifast HD cordset – Turck Inc. RL78/I1C MCU – Renesas Electronics America Inc.

Electronics & Test: Embedded Computing/Processing

MSP430 ™ FRAM microcontrollers (MCUs) with CapTIvate™ technology – Texas Instruments AWS-ECC508 – Microchip Technology Inc. R-Car H3 SoC – Renesas Electronics America MAXREFDES143# DeepCover Embedded Security Reference Design – Maxim Integrated

Electronics & Test: Test & Measurement

Veloce DFT App – Mentor Graphics Corporation High Speed Serial Link Training Analysis Tool – Tektronix AEGIS Shaft Voltage Tester Digital Oscilloscope – Electro Static Technology Keysight N9041B UXA X-Series Signal Analyzer – Keysight Technologies Inc.

Materials & Assembly: 3D-Printing & Rapid Prototyping, Materials, Tools & Services

Post-operative Cast – Summit ID Blue Dot Lasers – Blue Dot Laser System Hail Impact Tester, Ice Mold, and Accredited Test Services – WESTPAK Inc.

Materials & Assembly: Adhesives

Light-fixable DELO DUALBOND VE 72768 for high-reliability appliances – DELO Industrial Adhesives BETAFORCE 2817 structural adhesive for composite and mixed material bonding – Dow Automotive Systems

Materials & Assembly: Engineering Plastics & Composites

Densified SOLIMIDE – Boyd Corporation 2 ½ inch and 3 inch AquaPEX® and ProPEX Fittings – Uponor

Materials & Assembly: Fastening, Joining & Assembly Components

Vortex Connection – Controlled Dynamics Inc. LQR® Lock and Quick Release System – Bal Seal Engineering Laser Bonding – Primoceler Inc.

Materials & Assembly: Metals & Alloys

Cadence™ Flex manufacturing solution with RAAMS – Vapor Technologies Belvedere Lateral Plating System – NeuroStructures Inc.

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