The annual Embedded Awards honour outstanding technical innovations in embedded technologies, with winners selected by an independent jury of industry experts. Three awards are made, covering Hardware, Software and Tools award categories. In the Hardware category Energy Micro beat off strong competition from Atmel, ST Microelectronics and Toshiba.
Based on the ARM® Cortex(TM)-M3 architecture, the first 32-bit Gecko products, announced in October 2009, use less than a quarter of the energy needed by alternative 8-, 16- or 32-bit microcontrollers. In application benchmark testing, the Gecko microcontrollers have succeeded in extending battery cell life by a factor of at least four.
Førre said: We're very pleased that the Embedded World Jury has recognised the unique energy-saving innovations in our first product range. In doing so it has also recognised the achievements of a very young and forward-thinking company, which is equally rewarding. The Energy Micro design team has produced the world's most energy friendly microcontroller and this award reflects the team's fantastic efforts.
At Embedded World 2010, Energy Micro unveiled its family of entry-level devices for low power applications with tight space and cost limitations. Priced at under a Dollar, the EFM32 'Tiny Gecko' microcontrollers provide the energy-efficiency of the company's bigger Gecko products combined with smaller Flash and RAM capacities and a choice of space saving packaging.