Plessey Semiconductors Named Finalist of the Prestigious UBM Electronics ACE Awards in the Passive Components, Sensors, Indicators and Interconnects Category

Plessey to show its award winning EPIC sensor technology at DESIGN West

Plymouth, England, (PresseBox) - Plessey Semiconductors today announced it has been named a finalist in the EE Times and EDN 2012 UBM Electronics ACE Awards in the Passive Components, Sensors, Indicators, and Interconnects category. The awards program honours the people and companies behind the technologies and products that are changing the world of electronics.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, March 27 2012 at The Fairmont San Jose, during DESIGN West, a new UBM Electronics conference and expo building on the rich foundation of training, education and products available at ESC, that also combines popular summits and new event launches together in one venue for the first time.

Plessey will be exhibiting in partnership with their local representative, Schoenduve Corp, at DESIGN West on booth #2227 demonstrating its award winning Electric Potential Integrated Circuit (EPIC) sensor technology. By detecting changes in the electric potential field, the EPIC sensor can be used for a wide variety of applications from health monitoring of ECG to a simple, non-touch electric switch and even to detect specific kinds of movement as a limited gesture recognition device. As the EPIC sensor does not need line of sight and can even detect movement through walls, it can also be used to replace, or as an adjunct to, a passive infra-red (PIR) sensor in a variety of applications including security motion detectors.

Plessey's EPIC Programme Director, Dr Paul James, said, "The ACE Awards are probably the most important and influential of all the industry awards and so we are delighted that our EPIC technology has been recognised as an innovative, game changer by our peers. We are proud that British innovation is bringing a completely new sensor technology to the world that can be used in so many amazing novel applications from security to automotive and from gaming to earthquake warning."

Video demos of EPIC can be found at

"The new ACE Awards program, presented for the first time by both EE Times and EDN, provides us with an opportunity to recognize the technologies that have made a difference in the way we work, live and play over the past year. We congratulate the finalists on their innovations and leadership in the electronics industry. Additionally, we look forward to our awards ceremony in March to celebrate the innovation, creativity and contributions of the engineering community," said Junko Yoshida, Editor in Chief, EE Times, UBM Electronics.

For more information on the awards program visit

About Plessey Semiconductors Limited

Plessey Semiconductors are leading experts in the development and manufacture of semiconductor products used in sensing, measurement and control applications. Plessey's products are found in a wide range of markets including communications, manufacturing, medical, defence, aerospace and automotive. Plessey designs products for high performance applications and its range of integrated sensing products includes CMOS image sensors, Hall Effect devices and its award-winning EPIC electric potential sensors. These products all benefit from Plessey's high precision, high temperature and radiation tolerant technologies.

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UBM Electronics is the global leader in media and marketing solutions for the electronics industry. UBM Electronics delivers results for the key influencers and decision makers involved in the design, development and commercialization of technology through its market leading brands, peer communities and professional education services. More than 1.7 million engineering professionals engage with UBM Electronics brands which include EE Times, EDN, Design News, Test & Measurement World, TechOnline, EBN,, Designlines and across the globe to accelerate technology sales. The international electronics community gathers at UBM Electronics market leading events such as the Embedded Systems Conferences, DesignCon and ARM Technology Conference to share, learn, discuss, and advance the critical issues and challenges facing the electronics industry. Additionally, UBM Electronics provides end-to-end services ranging from next-generation marketing, integrated media, custom solutions and research. UBM Electronics is part of UBM (UBM.L) a global provider of media and information services for professional B2B communities and markets.

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