ROCKAWAY, NJ: Companies from across the global electronics design landscape are invited to submit their stand-out products and services — in 24 categories — for consideration by a panel of judges for the 2015 ECN IMPACT Awards.

The entry period opens today at and ends January 19, 2015. The official awards ceremony will be held on May 13, 2015 at EDS in Las Vegas.

"These Awards recognize game changers in the electronics design industry -- products and services that leapfrog current technology and provide simple solutions to complex or long-standing technical or practical problems," said Beth Campbell, Editorial Director of the Design Engineering Group at Advantage Business Media.

Seven new categories were added this year to better reflect the growing arena of groundbreaking innovation. The new additions include Analog & Mixed Signal ICs; Digital Logic ICs; Medical Device Design Innovation; Passive Components & Discrete Semiconductors; Rapid Prototyping; Software Design; and Social Corporate Responsibility.

Additional categories include Boards, Modules & Embedded Systems; Cooling & Thermal Management; Electromechanical/Mechanical Devices; Enclosures; Microwave & RF; Optoelectronics; Packaging & Interconnects; Power Sources & Conditioning Devices; Sensors; Solid State Lighting; Test & Measurement; Tools, Kits & Reference Designs; Contract Manufacturer Innovation; Distributor Innovation; Education Innovation; Green Technology; and Market Disrupter.

"We're excited to showcase the best technologies, tools, and services across the electronics OEM market, said ECN Publisher, Mike Francesconi. "The ECN IMPACT Awards highlight these market differentiators and provide great content to the audience of design engineers we serve."

Industry experts will make up the Judging Panel, which is tasked with evaluating each entrant on a 10-point rating system. This year's Panel chose 27 winners across the 18 categories. Click here for the full list of 2014 winners and their top innovations.

The Awards have evolved from a long line of product technology awards throughout the 55+ year history of the brand.

For more information contact Beth Campbell, Editorial Director, at 973-920-7082,

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