Industry veteran Jamie Urquhart, ARM Holdings co-founder, serial investor and the ESCO report chair, has been honoured with the contribution to industry award at the annual NMI Electronic Systems Awards.
NMI also named McLaren Electronic Systems, a world leading designer of control and data systems for motor sport, including Formula One, Nascar and Indycar, as company of the year.
Derek Boyd, NMI CEO and presenter of the awards said: "The ESCO report, which outlines what's needed for significant growth to create a £120 billion industry in the UK by 2020, has made 2013 a key year for the electronic systems community.
"In his role as chair of the report, Jamie stepped up to the mark to bring this community together. That sounds simple enough but in practice it is incredibly difficult as can be seen by previous attempts. It is only fitting that we honour Jamie's effort and achievement for the industry here tonight. Jamie is a very deserving winner."
In awarding Company of the Year to McLaren Electronic Systems, the judges cited the company's technology provision for all F1 teams and, significantly, the growth into new, high-value and high-reliability market sectors.
In giving the award, Derek Boyd said: "Tonight we honour a relatively small company with big ambition, a company that has been successful not only in the market they are readily identified with but one that is also seeking out opportunities in new areas both nationally and internationally."
McLaren's technology can also be found in hospitals, undertaking real time monitoring of children's health in primary care; rail transport, undertaking real time video, data and internet systems; and in electric sports cars, with both the McLaren P1 production hybrid road car and the Formula E electric race cars.
The full list of winners is:
· Contribution to Industry Jamie Urquhart
· Company of the Year McLaren Electronic Systems
· Young engineer of the year Adam Malpass
· Innovation Coveritas
· Innovation in Power Electronics Anvil Semiconductor
· Semi360 Lime Microsystems
· Product Excellence Frontier Silicon
· Collaborative R&D Achievement Infineon
· Automotive Electronics Innovation Freescale
· Low Power Green Design CamSemi
· Environmental Management Seagate Technology
· Manufacturing Site of the Year Xaar
· Manufacturing Supplier of the Year Memsstar
· Training & Development Dialog Semiconductor
· University Department of the Year Heriot Watt
The awards promote practices conducive to the long-term health of the UK's electronic systems community. 2013 is the Awards' 12th outing, with this year's event being held on the 21st November at the exclusive Millennium Hotel in Mayfair, London.
Over 400 guests from throughout the UK and around the world attended the sell-out event. The celebrity speaker was the automotive journalist and former Top Gear presenter, Quentin Willson.