The Austronics, Automate, Electrix awards were presented at a gala function compered by John Blackman in the Auditorium at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre on Tuesday 15th October 2002. The winners are listed below.
A new chip for mobile devices which was developed by Bell Labs team in Australia, implements multiple input/output wireless technology, called BLAST (Bell Labs Layered Space-Time). The technology is used in base station equipment and mobile devices, and is claimed to increase the capacity and coverage of wireless networks, and permit higher speed mobile data connections for notebook PCs and hand held devices.
Agere Systems and Infineon Technologies are to jointly develop high-performance chips based on the 802.11 standard. The technology resulting in next-generation wireless LAN products will provide business and residential users with flexible access to email and the Internet. It has a bandwidth that is 20 times higher than current wireless networks and will reach up to 54 Mbit/s.
National Instruments is relocating its Australian headquarters from Melbourne to Sydney. The move is scheduled for completion by February 2003.
QinetiQ and BOC are developing a production facility to exploit the potential of nanotechnology. This involves manipulation of atoms and molecules to achieve miniaturisation of products - such as computers. It also has the potential to provide more sensitive medical instruments to achieve faster and more accurate diagnostic techniques.
Two separate technologies are being developed by Arizona researchers, in order to make circuits from layers of organic semiconducting ink.
The electronic systems division of Tenix Defence will give $500,000 to the Federal Government from commercialising smart defence technologies last year.
National Semiconductor Corporation has joined the RapidIO Trade Association. The association was formed to promote the RapidIO architecture which promises increased bandwidth, lower costs, and faster time-to-market for networking and communications infrastructure.
EMC Technologies has gained NATA accreditation for modelling the dispersion of electromagnetic fields (EMF) from mobile phone towers.
National Semiconductor Corp and iReady have announced they have formed a strategic partnership aimed at delivering next-generation semiconductor solutions for the gigabit ethernet and internet small computer system interface (iSCSI) storage networking markets.
International Rectifier Corporation, based in the USA, and Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands, has announced the sale of TechnoFusion GmbH, a maker of power generation systems for automotive electronics, to International Rectifier (IR).
East & Partnersâ€™ quarterly benchmark of IT&T supplier performance, has just been released.
Fujitsu has announced its success in realising the world's first high-performance Linux cluster system using direct access file system (DAFS) high-speed file sharing protocol and InfiniBand inter-memory data transfer.
According to Cahners In-Stat/MDR, global shipments of personal digital assistants (PDAs) grew 17% in 2001 despite a weak global economy and continuing erosion of consumer confidence, however this represents a significant slowdown growth rate from the previous year.
The crisis of confidence in Australian business circles may be over with demand for executive employees in December rising for the first time in five months, according to the E.L Executive Demand index.