Electronics firms top Queen's Awards

Electronics firms top Queen’s Awards
Steve Bush Electronics companies have dominated the 1998 Queen’s Awards for Technological achievements winning eight of the 14 prizes awarded. Among the technological winners are the BBC and Snell & Wilcox which shared a prize for the development of a motion compensated standards converter for TV pictures; DRS Hadland for developing a camera that takes pictures in 10ns (see story p12) and Electronics Techniques Anglia which has produced an encapsulation process for safety-critical electronic components. Among its products are miniature surface mount transformers for V.90, the unified standard for 56kbit/s modems. Surface Technology Systems has followed its 1997 Queen’s Award for export achievement with one for technology. It has developed a plasma-based anisotropic etching processing for silicon which is 20 times faster than comparative dry etch processes. In total, 133 awards have been made, 115 for export achievement, 14 for technological achievement and four for environmental achievement -none being electronics firms.

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