Award Categories


Analog & Mixed Signal ICs ($395 Entry Fee)
The real world provides us with oceans of signals such as voice, sound, pressure, temperature, and electricity. The success of the electronic device often depends on how well we turn those signals into precise, reliable data.

  • AD/DA Converters
  • Signaling Devices
  • Analog Switches
  • Amplifiers
  • Comparators
  • Multiplexers
  • Clock/Timing Devices
  • ASICs

Boards, Modules & Embedded Systems ($395 Entry Fee)
This category recognizes the innovative embedded systems and computers that reside on boards and the modules and chassis that connect to them.

  • Standalone Boards
  • Modules
  • Chassis & Backplanes
  • I/O Cards
  • Board Level Controllers
  • Buses & Interface Boards
  • Computer On Modules
  • Memory

Cooling & Thermal Management ($395 Entry Fee)
As electronics technology marches on, one thing doesn’t change: for safety and circuit integrity, designers must remove unwanted heat.

  • Fans & Blowers
  • Heatsinks
  • Spreading/Dissapation Devices
  • Cooling Systems
  • Thermal Materials
  • Thermal Management software
  • Temperature Sensors
  • Heaters
  • Thermometers

Electromechanical/ Mechanical Devices ($395 Entry Fee)
This category honors components that move or have moving parts.

  • Electromechanical Switches & Relays
  • Keypads/Keyboards
  • Solenoids
  • Motors
  • Servos
  • Actuators

Microwave & RF ($395 Entry Fee)
Whether it’s smart phones/portable devices, electronic warfare, wireless networking or near-field communications (NFC), some of the most exciting advancements in the industry involve over-the-air communications.

  • Transmitters
  • Transceivers
  • Wireless Modules
  • Receivers
  • Crystals
  • Clocks and Oscillators
  • Antennae
  • Attenuators
  • Tuners
  • RFICs, RFID, RF cables/connectors
  • Wireless Chargers

Optoelectronics ($395 Entry Fee)
Thanks to the growth of portable mobile devices with brighter displays plus computers and industrial equipment that demand more intuitive interfaces and lighting, optoelectronics continues to be one of ECN’s most dynamic product categories.

  • Liquid Crystal Displays (LCDs)
  • Lasers
  • Touchscreens
  • Backlighting
  • Inverters/drivers/ballasts
  • Camera Technology
  • Modules and Controllers
  • Image Sensing
  • Machine Vision
  • Optocouplers

Packaging, Interconnects, & Enclosures ($395 Entry Fee)
If the device can hold, connect, seal, shield or fasten, this category honors them all.

  • Wires/Cables
  • Connectors
  • Terminal Blocks
  • Adhesives
  • Shields/Shielding Devices
  • Plugs/Sockets
  • Couplers

Passive Components & Discrete Semiconductors ($395 Entry Fee)
Passive components don’t require external power to function, but they play a powerful role in today’s electronics by performing a variety of tasks. Discrete semiconductors are also very important in today’s electronics. Without them, designers would still be using vacuum tubes to manipulate current.

  • Resistors
  • Capacitors
  • Coils
  • Inductors
  • Filters
  • Oscillators
  • Diodes
  • Rectifiers
  • Varactors
  • IGBTs
  • Transistors
  • FETs
  • Thyristors
  • Single-function Solid State Switches/Relays

Power Sources & Conditioning Devices ($395 Entry Fee)
Power is the backbone of the electronics industry, with limitless applications as well as devices used to supply and/or manipulate the power.

  • Power Supplies/SMPS
  • Converters
  • Batteries and Battery Charger ICs
  • Generators
  • Fuses/Circuit Protection Devices
  • Transformers
  • UPS
  • Inverters
  • LDO/Regulators
  • Controllers/Controller ICs
  • Power Managements ICs
  • Driver ICs/Gate Drivers
  • Inverters

Sensors ($395 Entry Fee)
In an increasingly automated and connector world, sensors are frequent components in almost all design engineering industries.

  • MEMs
  • Accelerometers
  • Gyroscopes/Position Sensors
  • Pressure Sensors/Load Cells
  • Proximity Sensors
  • Encoders
  • Sensor Transmitters
  • Sensor Networks

Software Design ($395 Entry Fee)
Design engineering software allows engineers to efficiently create more sophisticated and accurate designs.

  • CAD/CAM Software
  • CAE Analysis Software
  • Collaboration Software
  • PCD Design Software
  • Product Data Management Software
  • Product Lifecycle Management Software
  • Reverse Engineering Software
  • Simulation Software

Test & Measurement ($395 Entry Fee)
This category honors the best instruments and test software available to assist electronic design engineers.

  • Analyzers
  • Waveform Generators
  • Data Acquisition
  • Dataloggers
  • Meters
  • Multimeters
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Power Analyzers
  • Calibrators
  • Bit Error Testers
  • Test Software

Medical Device Design ($395 Entry Fee)
This category recognizes the exceptional new technologies and cutting-edge designs changing the face of MedTech.

  • Miniaturization
  • Implantables
  • Mobile
  • Medical Wearables
  • Diagnostics
  • Drug Delivery

Rapid Prototyping ($395 Entry Fee)
Rapid prototyping serves the design engineer by helping to improve time-to-market and control costs by expediting the early stages of design and development.

  • 3D CAD Software
  • 3D Printing
  • 3D Scanning
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Casting
  • Rapid Injection Molding
  • Rapid Tooling
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Subtractive Manufacturing


SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Social Corporate Responsibility ($395 Entry Fee)
This award honors organizational efforts to be a greater corporate member of society, from a local to a global level.

  • A Focus On Green Technology Design
  • Educational Programs
  • Contributions to the STEM Community
  • Environmentally Focused Production/Design Methods

SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Market Disruptor ($395 Entry Fee)
This award is designed to highlight any product from any category as one that forever changed the electronic engineering industry or a particular vertical within the industry. No matter what the specific product is, the focus should be on industry impact. Was your product a game-changer in 2015? Then this category is for you.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Contract Manufacturer Innovation ($395 Entry Fee)
Honoring the CMs with the best programs and solutions for engineers, OEMs. Entries may include cost savings programs, quality measures, time-to-market advantages, and/or efficiency programs.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Distributor Innovation ($395 Entry Fee)
Who really stands out to help engineers get access to the technology and tools critical to their designs? The category honors the very best in solutions from electronics OEM distributors. Judges will look at web tools, value-add programs, FAE programs, supply chain programs, product lifecycle management programs, and product training in making their decisions.