Sir Robin Saxby, the man who led chip-designer ARM onto the world stage and, in 1998, the stock exchange was last night honoured with the Outstanding Contribution to the UK Technology Industry at the UK's top event recognising the best in tech.
Speaking remotely from ARM's offices in Maidenhead, Saxby paid tribute to the thousands of engineers across ARM and its many licensees, as well as looking to future generations and the opportunities the UK has in fusing tech and creative industries' know-how.
Other well-known UK brands were also recognised in the CNET Networks UK Technology Awards as both user and supplier-side gongs were handed out.
Tesco's top IT man Philip Clarke won CIO of the year, while BP and Intel won Technology Partnership of the Year, mainly for co-operation around mesh wireless networks in challenging locations such as oil rigs.
Across the Financial Services, Telecommunications and Public Sector user award categories, the winners were Alliance & Leicester, Orange and The Royal Hospitals, Belfast — the latter for the innovative use of wi-fi and location-based services across its campus.
Online lending and borrowing exchange Zopa — which has cut out the middle man in that market in much the same way as a Betfair or an eBay — walked away with Internet Innovation of the Year, while another upstart start-up, eCourier, will have to find more room on its mantelpiece as it picked up Mobile Product or Initiative of the Year.
Other winners across areas including security, networking, software and hardware were Qualys, Aruba Networks, NetSuite and Pillar Data Systems.