Energy Micro Nabs France’s Electron d’Or Award

Oslo, Norway: Microcontroller company Energy Micro won the Processors and Memories category of the French electronics industry’s annual Electron d’Or awards. Now in its 12th year, the Electron d’Or awards recognises those products the editorial team of France's Electroniques magazine believes have made the biggest impact during the past year. The winners, in each of 11 different categories, are then selected by an independent jury of French electronics industry experts.

The jury concluded that in 2010’s Processors and Memories category, Energy Micro’s ultra-low-power EFM32 Gecko microcontroller family was most deserving of the Electron d’Or. EFM32 has been proven to consume a quarter of the energy required by existing 8, 16, and 32bit microcontroller solutions.  Runners-up in the category were Analog Devices, Marvel, NXP, Ramtron, and XMOS.

The Electron d’Or trophy was presented to Energy Micro’s VP of Sales EMEA Ian Fletcher at a ceremony held at the Paris headquarters of FIEEC, France’s Federation of Electrical, Electronic and Communication Industries.

Energy Micro, CEO Geir Førre said, “Winning the Electron d’Or is extremely gratifying. It recognises our very hard work over the past three years and tells us that a body of well-respected French experts thinks that what we’ve been doing is good! With the launch of our first two product families now, we’re entering a new phase and are prepared for significant and rapid business growth.”

Founded in Oslo, Norway in 2007, Energy Micro is involved in developing energy-friendly microcontrollers.  The company’s first product, the ultra-low-power EFM32 Gecko microcontroller family, based on the ARM Cortex M3 microcontroller architecture,  has been proven to consume a quarter of the energy required by other 8, 16, and 32bit microcontroller solutions.

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