Press release

HiWave scoops Environmental Design Award for energy-efficient audio amplifier chip

Cambridge, UK, September 15, 2011: HiWave Technologies, the provider of electronic and transducer solutions for audio and haptic touch, has won the e-Legacy Environmental Design Award for its energy-efficient consumer audio amplifier integrated circuit. The chip improves amplifier efficiency in consumer audio products by up to 2000% and is so efficient that a wireless loudspeaker can run for six months on a single battery charge. The award was presented at a ceremony and luncheon at Kensington Roof Gardens, London, on Septebmer 13th, 2011.

The e-Legacy Awards, organised by the publisher of Electronic Product Design (EPD) magazine, IML, celebrate the electronics industry’s contribution to the welfare of society. They encompass education and training, medical and security advances, energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.

HiWave’s CEO, James Lewis, said, “It’s very gratifying to know that UK innovation is recognised and respected and that small British companies can win such an award in the face of competition from major international competitors. Our industry can play a major role in reducing energy consumption without compromising quality of user experience, and that’s exactly what our amplifier technology does. Equally important, it dramatically cuts the utilisation of batteries and reduces the problems of toxic waste associated with their disposal. Normal audio amplifiers use up to twenty times the number of batteries over their lifetime to deliver similar perfomance to HiWave devices. I’d like to thank everyone that recognised the achievements of our design team by voting for HiWave.”