December 6, 2017San Jose Convention CenterSan Jose, CA

2017 ACE Awards Categories

Tomorrow's Reality – NEW!

This award goes to an individual or group of innovators in the electronics industry that have made tangible progress in bringing the future promises of tomorrow to reality through electronics design or embedded systems design. Examples would include advanced technologies as defined by the Embedded Systems Conference such as, but not limited to, machine learning, virtual/augmented reality, artificial intelligence, or autonomous vehicles.

Company of the Year

This award celebrates the company that exhibits the highest degree of professionalism, staff development and retention, customer focus, technical excellence, and profitable growth, making it a true leader in the electronics sector.

Executive of the Year

This award goes to an individual who brought leadership, technological and fiscal vision to an electronics industry company, organization, or company division in the past year.

Design Team of the Year

This award goes to a group of innovators in the electronics industry whose collaborative efforts made a significant contribution to the advancement of technology and whose planning and execution efforts are superb.

Innovator of the Year

This award goes to an individual in the electronics industry who brings strong leadership, creativity and out-of-the-box thinking to a technology, product, or business.

Marketing Team of the Year

This award goes to the marketing team or product campaign that demonstrates solid execution, innovative thinking, and use of social media, content marketing, and/or other creative tactics to achieve success.

Internet of Things Product of the Year

The coming Internet of Things (IoT) is quite possibly the biggest change that will impact electronics design engineers over the next decade as standalone embedded systems evolve into massive networks of devices that deliver unprecedented amounts of data over the Internet. This award recognizes a new technology, service, or end application that is helping to bring the IoT closer to reality.

Ultimate Products

This award recognizes the most significant electronic components and products introduced between January 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017. The 2017 categories are:

  • Analog ICs
  • Automotive – NEW!
  • Sensors
  • Power
  • Software
  • Test and Measurement Systems and Boards
  • Processors (CPUs, MPUs, MCUs, SoC FPGAs...)
  • Logic/Interface/Memory
  • Reference Designs
  • Development Kits
  • Passives, Interconnects and Electromechanical
  • Wireless/RF
  • LEDs and Lighting

ESC Speaker of the Year – NEW!

This award is presented to the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) presenter whose speaking and written contributions for the current year are most highly rated by ESC attendees, Design News readers and educational course subscribers, and the ACE Award judges.

* Nominations are not accepted for this award category

Jim Williams Innovation and Education Award

The Innovation and Education award is presented to an engineer who has made substantial contributions to the advancement of knowledge in the field of engineering and design by publishing his or her own technical articles, speaking at industry events, or otherwise sharing experience that adds to the growth of engineering. 

* Nominations are not accepted for this award category

Lifetime Achievement Award

The award goes to an individual whose contributions over a long career in electronics have had a demonstrable impact on technological, business, and cultural advancements worldwide. 

* Nominations are not accepted for this award category