The Fischer Freedom technology platform launched in June 2018 by Fischer Connectors, continues to gain international recognition among the company’s peers throughout the electronics world. Within a single year, the Fischer LP360 connector — the first product of the technology platform — has won two “Best Product of the Year” awards in 2019, and two Innovation awards in 2018:
- The Electrons d’Or award (Gold Electrons in English) as best product of the year in the Connectors category, announced on June 27, 2019 in Paris;
- The Electronics Industry Award for Interconnection Product of the Year, announced on June 21, 2019 in London;
- The Leadership in Engineering Achievement Program (LEAP) Award in the Connectivity category, announced on December 11, 2018 in Costa Mesa, Calif.;
- The Innovators Award with the highest rating, Platinum, in the Interconnect Technology category, announced on November 13, 2018 in Nashua, N.H.
Fischer Connectors is extremely proud to have its breakthrough connectivity solution recognized as a new versatile technology platform that enables design engineers to launch more innovative applications and make their electronic devices, equipment and ecosystems smarter, faster and more efficient.
Fischer Freedom is a game changer in connectivity. Thanks to its patent-pending innovations in mating (no key code allowing for 360° mating freedom), locking and materials (non-magnetic quick-release locking mechanism and IP68-sealed contacts with a membrane), it’s not just a new product line but a real technology platform that sets new standards in usability, integrability and versatility. It enables engineers to reimagine both the design of their electronic devices, equipment and ecosystems and the way these applications can be interconnected – not only for wearables for the “connected human,” but also in countless applications requiring the versatility, ease of use and ease of integration the Fischer Freedom connectivity solution offers.
“I’m overjoyed that our efforts to reimagine connectivity are gaining worldwide recognition from our peers in the electronics industry. As experts know, breakthrough innovations are rare beasts in the world of connectors, whose technology hasn’t dramatically changed since the 1950s,” said Fischer Connectors Group’s CEO Johnathan Brossard. “In the electronics world, we see breakthroughs every decade or so. That’s why innovation in connectivity is especially important — and duly noticed and rewarded — when it fulfills, as it does here, electronics requirements and trends such as usability, integrability, versatility, wearability, miniaturization, data transmission and the Internet of Things (IoT). I’m very proud of our R&D and cross-functional teams that developed our ground-breaking Fischer FreedomTM technology platform, putting people first and working with our customers to make their lives easier.”
Fischer Connectors R&D Director Jérôme Dabonneville added, “With the Fischer Freedom technology platform and the Fischer LP360 connector, we’re not only responding to current trends in electronics, integrating more easy-to-use technology into wearables, reducing weight and optimizing cable management – we’re providing a versatile platform that enables design engineers to revolutionize how connectivity is done. This opens up new development pathways for future innovations. I’m happy that Fischer Connectors can offer such a platform and that it’s now getting the recognition it deserves!”
2019 Electrons d’Or – On June 27, in Paris, ElectroniqueS magazine and ACSIEL Electronics Alliance, the co-organizers of the Electrons d’Or 2019, announced that the ultra-reliable circular connector Fischer LP360 had won the 2019 Electrons d’Or Award as best product of the year in the Connectors category. Director of ElectroniqueS Pascal Coutance commented, “With this Electron d’Or, our expert jury has rewarded a real technological breakthrough in the field of circular connectivity for harsh environments and its uses.” The annual Electrons d’Or award program celebrates ground-breaking electronic products and innovations in France. In 2019, 15 Electrons d’Or were awarded in various categories, highlighting nine best products of the year (incl. the Fischer LP360TM connector), four innovations in electronics application domains (automotive, healthcare, aeronautics / defense, connected objects / smart building) and two outstanding electronics companies (best French start-up, best equipment manufacturer / company).
2019 Electronics Industry Award – On June 21, in London, the Fischer LP36 received the 2019 Electronics Industry Award for Interconnection Product of the Year, which is awarded to “the company with the most outstanding interconnection product that demonstrates durability, innovation and differs from other connectors on the market.” Commenting on the win, editor of CIE (Components in Electronics) magazine and member of the jury, Niamh Marriot said, “The Fischer LP360 is a breakthrough low-profile connector with 360° mating maximizing usability, efficiency and performance. No key code means 360° mating freedom for optimized cable management. Membrane-sealed contacts ensure a fully cleanable connector (both plug and receptacle). Low profile allows for easy integration in any environment. This is a clever and practical interconnection product worthy of the win, congratulations Fischer Connectors!” The annual UK-based Electronics Industry Awards brings together leading figures from the electronics field to celebrate their achievements and reward the market leaders who’ve designed the most innovative and forward-thinking products in this blossoming sector.
2018 LEAP Award – On December 11, 2018 in Costa Mesa, Calif., Design World announced that the Fischer LP36 had won the 2018 Leadership in Engineering Achievement Program (LEAP) Award in the Connectivity category. Judges commented: “A breakthrough signal and power connector with easy mating and easy cleaning that maximizes usability, efficiency and performance. This product changes the way of fast connection without looking. I think that this will change the way connectors and connectivity is done. A simple and great solution … very clever and useful product.” The LEAP Awards program celebrates annually the most innovative and forward-thinking products serving the design engineering space. Its world-class judging panel is comprised of OEM design engineers from a wide variety of industries, along with other engineering experts representing the mechanical and electrical design fields.
2018 Innovators Award – On November 13, 2018 in Nashua, N.H., Military & Aerospace Electronics and Intelligent Aerospace announced their 2018 Innovators Awards, giving the LP360 rugged connector from Fischer Connectors the highest rating – Platinum – in the Interconnect Technology category. The annual Military & Aerospace Electronics Innovators Award program is a coveted and prestigious distinction for honorees around the world who have made a groundbreaking contribution to the military and aerospace industry and are recognized as leaders and innovators to the largest collection of military and aerospace professionals.