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Humavox Eterna and PLX Technology’s ExpressFabric Win 2014 ECN IMPACT Awards in Market Disrupter Category
|By Business Wire
|May 9, 2014 03:05 PM EDT
announced Humavox™ and PLX Technology as the winners of the 2014 IMPACT
Award in the category of Market Disrupter, at an awards ceremony in Las
Vegas on May 6 at the Electronic Distribution Show (EDS). Humavox won
for its Eterna™ platform for wireless charging of portable and wearable
devices, and PLX won for its ExpressFabric technology, which was
developed to position PCI Express (PCIe) as a predominant fabric across
the data center.
Humavox’ Eterna charging platform is poised to bring simplicity to
wireless charging at a crucial time – as the Internet of Things (IoT)
expands dramatically, but also as competing standards and regulations
hinder effective mobile charging. It matches the power of a typical USB
cord, and can charge several devices simultaneously. Eterna is based on
RF charging, which is not, unlike other methods, affected by device size
or shape. This gives OEMs the freedom to integrate wireless power into
their devices without sacrificing device quality or aesthetics. The
Thunderlink receiving antenna prepares the device for RF energy based on
its unique needs, and the end user simply places their device into the
NEST energy converter for no-fuss wireless charging without worrying
about device placement or having to rely on special charging mats or
"It's an honor to get this kind of recognition from the industry for the
work we've done to make this technology as accessible and seamless as
possible for hardware developers of any size or capacity," said Omri
Lachman, Humavox’s CEO and co-founder.
ExpressFabric, a Market Disrupter from PLX Technology, aims to transform
the racks of data centers. Current data center platform approaches waste
money and power, and limit performance due to the constraints of their
building blocks. ExpressFabric is an enhanced version of PCIe that
merges Ethernet and InfiniBand technologies inside cloud and data center
racks. It offers the high performance of Ethernet and InfiniBand, but
without the higher power or cost. This cost savings is possible since
most devices already have a PCIe connection and therefore do not need to
be modified. ExpressFabric also lets data center managers replace
bridges in data racks with fewer, more affordable PCIe switches, which
draw less energy.
“As one of the premier names in electronics publishing, ECN consistently
recognizes emerging technologies with the promise of positively
impacting markets, then brings them to the attention of a broad industry
readership,” said Krishna Mallampati, senior marketing director, PCIe
switch products, PLX. “We’re therefore honored that [a panel of judges
with expertise in design engineering], noting ExpressFabric’s
market-disrupting potential, have selected the technology to receive
this prestigious IMPACT award.”
ECN Executive Editor Chris Warner said, “Both of these products are
about cutting through the clutter in their prospective target markets.
Humavox’s Eterna platform offers a way forward from mobile charging
technologies whose competing standards have stalled wider adaptation.
Moreover, OEMs and end users do not have to concern themselves with the
size or shape of the devices they want to wirelessly charge.
PLX Technologies’ ExpressFabric means system designers for data centers
no longer have to choose ‘either-or’ between Ethernet and InfiniBand and
their associated tradeoffs. They can now mix different data types on a
single pathway and get the performance they need to keep up with today’s
unprecedented data demands.”
The 2014 ECN IMPACT Awards were created to recognize excellence and
groundbreaking innovation in design engineering, and highlighted the top
products and services across 18 industry categories. The award
nomination process was open to the entire electronics community, and all
entries were judged by a panel of industry experts. Visit www.ecnawards.com
to learn about nominating products for ECN’s 2015 IMPACT Awards.
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