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Nanusens—and its ultra-small, MEMS-within-CMOS sensor technology—was the only double-award-winning company at last night’s TechWorks Awards, picking up both the Disruptive Innovation of the Year category of 2019 and being named Emerging Technology Company of the Year. The awards celebrate the year’s key electronics innovations, people and companies from across the UK and Ireland. The TechWorks Awards have run annually since 2001—originally branded as the NMI Awards.
Dr. Josep Montanyà, Nanusens CEO, said, “We are honoured that our innovative technology and the company has been recognised by the judges. It supports our belief that we have a truly disruptive technology that will have a tremendous positive impact on the MEMS market. Not only does our technology enable us to shrink MEMS by a factor of ten down onto the nanoscale but it also enables us to make as many as we need because we use standard CMOS processes. This removes the current MEMS production bottleneck that is caused by MEMS requiring bespoke production lines so that volumes are hard to ramp without building a new line. Analysts have forecast that the demand for MEMS sensors will continue as more and more devices are made smarter with MEMS sensors. Current production techniques will not be able to meet this rapidly increasing demand but our technology of MEMS-within-CMOS can now enable the sensor market to grow from billions to trillions of units.”
The Emerging Technology Company of the Year category, sponsored by Cadence, honours a growing company showing excellent progress—demonstrating impressive growth in areas such as revenue, headcount, innovation, investment and/or market traction as success indicators.
The Disruptive Innovation Award, sponsored by CSA Catapult, is given to the company that can demonstrate a significant business impact through innovation. This can cover any aspects of innovation whether in business process, manufacturing, service provision or product development.
Award presenter Penny Power, OBE, commented: “The company impressed the judges with their development of existing CMOS technology leading to the elimination of specialised production techniques; thus increasing production capabilities and removing many of the current limitations. Nanusens predicts that it could increase the size of the sensor market from billions of units to trillions of units by solving this production bottleneck.”
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