Electronics bids looking SMART

Electronics bids looking SMART
Melanie Reynolds The electronics industry has made a strong showing in this year’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) SMART awards, accounting for over one third of the 26 winning companies. The ?190m SMART scheme has been set up by the DTI to help companies develop innovative technologies for new markets. The awards to the 26 companies fall into two categories, which recognise their achievement and their foresight. The first award category, the SMART Achievement Award, recognises a company’s success in developing its product. “These companies have developed a product which is now very successful in the market place,” said a DTI spokeswoman. This year’s achievement award winners include Microlase Optical Systems for developing a laser system for applications including optical microscopy, Lloyd Doyle for developing a highly accurate automatic optical inspection machine, Valeport for a new generation of oceangraphic, hydrometric and environmental instruments using microprocessor technology, and Pixel Power for development of TV graphics software. The second award category, the SMART Foresight Award, rewards companies with a particularly farsighted idea. Foresight award winners include CSM Associates for an electronic measurement and control system that operates without artificial cooling at temperatures of 200?C, Brain Mckean Associates for a low-cost circuit breaker for electricity supply and distribution, Kelman for a system which anticipates faults in electrical power systems, Datamark for creating a ‘watermark’ to protect digitally transmitted material, and Epichem for developing chemicals for the production of green and blue LEDs.


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