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Overview
2012 GSA Awards Dinner Celebration

December 13, 2012

Santa Clara Convention Center
5001 Great America Pkwy.
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Each year GSA recognizes companies that have demonstrated excellence through their vision, strategy, execution and future opportunity. The celebration honors the achievements of semiconductor companies in several categories ranging from outstanding leadership to financial accomplishments as well as overall respect within the industry.

The evening program includes:

  • 5:00 p.m. Registration & Networking Reception
  • 7:00 p.m. Dinner
  • 8:00 p.m. Keynote & Awards Ceremony

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Keynote Speaker
Cal Ripken Jr.

GSA is pleased to announce the 2012 keynote address will be given by Cal Ripken, Jr., Baseball’s Iron Man and Hall of Famer! Reserve your seat today and join semiconductor industry executives for a celebration of success!

About Cal Ripken, Jr.

Baseball’s Iron Man and Hall of Famer

Cal Ripken is baseball's all-time “Iron Man.” He retired from baseball in October 2001 after 21 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles. His name appears in the record books repeatedly, most notably as one of only eight players in history to achieve 400 home runs and 3,000 hits. In 1995, Ripken broke Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive games played (2,130), and he voluntarily ended his streak in 1998 after playing 2,632 consecutive games. Although he finished his career at third base, he is still best known for redefining the position of shortstop. In 2007, Ripken was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame with the third highest percentage of votes in history.

Ripken's name has become synonymous with strength, character, endurance, and integrity. His philosophy of working hard, playing with passion, and enjoying the game has made a tremendous impact on the sport, and on fans everywhere. In 1999, Babe Ruth League, Inc. changed the name of its largest division (5-12 year-olds) from Bambino to Cal Ripken Baseball. Presently, over 700,000 youths play Cal Ripken Baseball worldwide.

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Now Ripken is using the platform that baseball has provided him to help grow the game he loves at the grassroots level. This next phase of his life includes the construction of a one-of-a-kind baseball complex in his hometown of Aberdeen, MD. The Aberdeen Project currently consists of Ripken Stadium, a state-of-the-art 6,000-seat minor league ballpark that is home to the hugely successful Class A Aberdeen IronBirds. Adjacent to the minor league ballpark is the Ripken Youth Baseball Academy that consists of several youth-sized fields that are modeled after famous big league ballpark Camden Yards, which is called Cal Sr.'s Yard, and is owned and operated by the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, Memorial Stadium, Wrigley Field, and Fenway Park.

Other amenities include batting cages and a synthetic training infield. Hundreds of teams and ballplayers from all over the country visit Aberdeen each year to participate in tournaments and camps.

The academy is also the permanent home of the Cal Ripken World Series played each August. It includes 15 teams of 11 and 12 year-olds from all over the world, and crowns the champion of the Cal Ripken Division of Babe Ruth League, Inc.

In April 2004, Cal and Bill Ripken collaborated on a book, Play Baseball the Ripken Way. The book, which was a national bestseller, serves as a comprehensive baseball instructional book for parents, coaches, and kids, and covers all aspects of the game, including how to run an effective practice, and the Ripken philosophy of fun and good sportsmanship. Ripken's book is on the subject of sports parenting, Parenting Young Athletes the Ripken Way: Ensuring the Best Experience for Your Kids in Any Sport (2006). He is also the author of Get in the Game: 8 Elements of Perseverance That Make the Difference (2007), a guidebook for success using Ripken's techniques for working hard and staying focused.

Ripken has always placed a strong focus on giving back to the community. In 2001, he and his family established the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, in memory of the family's patriarch. The Foundation helps teach life lessons through baseball to disadvantaged youth from all over the country, and gives them a life-changing experience. The foundation has refurbished fields throughout Maryland, donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Boys & Girls Clubs across the country, and helped thousands of kids enjoy baseball experiences that they would otherwise never encounter. Additionally, the foundation has teamed up with NikeGo, the non-profit arm of Nike, to donate baseball and softball equipment worth over $1 million to school systems across the country.

Most recently, Ripken has been named as a special envoy for the US State Department, promoting teamwork and cross-cultural communication.

Among his many on-field accolades are: AL Rookie of the Year ('82), two-time AL Most Valuable Player ('83, '91), two-time Gold Glove recipient ('91, '92), two-time All-Star MVP ('91, '01), a world record 2,632 consecutive games, and 19 All-Star Game selections. In 2001, Ripken was honored when fans named his 2,131st consecutive game Major League Baseball's "Most Memorable Moment" in history through a program run by MLB.

Ripken resides in Maryland with his wife, Kelly, and their children, Rachel and Ryan.

Featured Keynote

Cal Ripken Jr.

Join us to hear baseball's "Iron Man" and Hall of Famer, Cal Ripken Jr. on December 13th.

Reservations

Tables fill up fast! The final date to update existing reservations is Friday, December 7th at 12 p.m. PST.

Contact Information

Table Reservations

Hayley Warmack
972.866.7579 x112

GSA Awards

Chelsea Boone
972.866.7579 x123

Sponsorship

Hayley Warmack
972.866.7579 x112

Media Inquiries

Susan Jackson
972.866.7579 x129

 
Awards
Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award
Sir Robin Saxby, Founding CEO of Arm

Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award Winner
Sir Robin Saxby, Founding CEO, ARM

We are pleased to announce that Sir Robin Saxby, founding CEO of ARM is the 2012 Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award winner. This award recognizes individuals, such as its namesake, Dr. Morris Chang, for their exceptional contributions to drive the development, innovation, growth and long-term opportunities for the semiconductor industry.

Sir Robin Saxby is a technology entrepreneur, who today angel invests in, and mentors, various start-up companies, both directly and through several VC funds including Ideaworks, Sontia and Plessey.

He was the founding CEO and Chairman of ARM Holdings plc, the world's leading Semiconductor Intellectual Property Company, which he led from start-up at the end of 1990 to flotation on NASDAQ and the LSE in 1998. After splitting the roles of CEO and Chairman in 2001 he chaired the board until 2006 and retired from ARM at the end of September 2007.

He served as President of the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology), from 2006 to 2007, where he is still an active Fellow and Past President. Sir Robin served as Managing Director of ES2 Ltd, a silicon ASIC Company between 1986 and 1990.  He was CEO of Henderson Security Systems Limited from 1984 to 1986.

His earlier career was at Motorola Semiconductors in a variety of sales, marketing and engineering management roles from 1973 to 1984 and before that he was in design and development with Rank Bush Murphy and Pye TMC.

Sir Robin was knighted in 2002 for services to the Information Technology Industry. He holds honorary doctorates from the Universities of Liverpool, Loughborough, Essex, York and Anglia Ruskin. He received his B Eng Electronics in 1968 at the University of Liverpool, where he has been a visiting professor since 1999.

He is a Faraday medalist of the IET and has served as Chairman of the Open Microprocessor Initiative Advisory Group, a European Union panel advising on collaborative R&D activity in Europe. He is a Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering and Honorary Fellow of the IET.

He served as a Non-Executive Director of Glotel plc and Sirius Communications.

Click here to view all past winners.

Private Company Awards
Private Company to Watch Award (Previously Start-Up to Watch Award)

GSA's Private Awards Committee, comprised of members of the Emerging Company CEO Council, venture capitalists and select serial entrepreneurs in the industry, selects up to two winners of the Private Company To Watch award by identifying the semiconductor company (or companies) that demonstrates the potential to positively change its market or the semiconductor industry, in general, through the innovative use of semiconductor technology or a new application for semiconductor technology.

Nominees:

  • Calxeda, Inc.
  • Wilocity
  • Zenverge, Inc.
Most Respected Private Semiconductor Company Award

The industry's Most Respected Private Semiconductor Company award is designed to identify the private company garnering the most respect from the industry in terms of its products, vision and future opportunity. GSA's Private Awards Committee reviews all private semiconductor companies, conducts analysis of each company’s performance and likelihood of long-term success, and provides a list of respectable private companies to be voted on by GSA membership. On-line voting took place to allow GSA members, including semiconductor companies and partners, to cast a ballot for the private semiconductor company they most respect.

After online voting, the final nominees include:

  • Ambarella
  • Aptina Imaging Corporation
  • iWatt Inc.

Click here to view all past winners.

Public Company Awards
Best Financially Managed Semiconductor Company Awards

The Best Financially Managed Semiconductor Company Awards are derived based on a broad evaluation of the financial health and performance of public fabless and IDM semiconductor companies. Numerous financial metrics as well as their respective rates of change or year-over-year improvement are analyzed. These financial metrics transverse various categories including but not limited to growth rates, margins, cash flow, profitability ratios, efficiency ratios and return on capital. All companies are ranked on each metric as well as its rate of change, and then the overall performance is compared to the peer universe to determine the winner. Three nominees (including one winner) are selected for two revenue categories: < $500 Million in Annual Sales and > $500 Million in Annual Sales.

Nominees (Achieving < $500 Million in Annual Sales):

  • ams AG
  • InvenSense, Inc.  
  • Silicon Motion, Inc.

Nominees (Achieving > $500 Million in Annual Sales):

  • Altera Corporation
  • Avago Technologies
  • Broadcom Corporation
Most Respected Public Semiconductor Company Awards

The industry’s Most Respected Public Semiconductor Company awards are designed to identify the public companies garnering the most respect from the industry in terms of its products, vision and future opportunities. Revenue, profitability and market capitalization, among other financial and product successes, are considered to be listed on the ballot. On-line voting took place to allow GSA membership, including semiconductor companies and partners, to cast a ballot for the public semiconductor company they most respect. Three nominees (including one winner) are selected for three revenue categories: > $1 Billion in Annual Sales, $251 Million to $1 Billion in Annual Sales, $100 Million to $250 Million in Annual Sales. After online voting, the final nominees include:

Nominees (Achieving Greater than $1 Billion in Annual Sales):

  • Broadcom Corporation
  • Qualcomm Incorporated
  • Samsung Electronics, Co., Ltd.

Nominees (Achieving $251 Million to $1 Billion in Annual Sales):

  • Cavium, Inc.
  • Mellanox Technologies
  • Silicon Laboratories

Nominees (Achieving $100 Million to $250 Million in Annual Sales):

  • Entropic Communications Inc.
  • InvenSense, Inc.
  • Volterra Semiconductor Corporation
Analyst Favorite Semiconductor Company Awards

Semiconductor financial analysts from top-tier firms select their favorite semiconductor company for this award. The analysts base their decision on historical, as well as projected data, such as stock price, earnings per share, revenue forecasts and product performance.

Nominees Chosen by analyst Joseph Moore of Morgan Stanley:

  • Altera Corporation
  • Broadcom Corporation
  • Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.

Nominees Chosen by analyst Vernon Essi of Needham & Company:

  • Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.
  • Silicon Laboratories
  • Volterra Semiconductor Corporation

Click here to view all past winners.

Regional Awards

As a global alliance, GSA introduced an award specifically for the Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) and Asia-Pacific (APAC) regions. The awards will recognize a semiconductor company headquartered in each respective region that clearly demonstrates the most strength when measuring products, vision, leadership and success in the marketplace. GSA’s APAC and EMEA Leadership Councils will determine the nominees and the winners of their respective regions.

Outstanding Asia-Pacific Semiconductor Company Award

Nominees:

  • MediaTek Inc.
  • Samsung Electronics, Co., Ltd.
  • Spreadtrum Communications Inc.
Outstanding EMEA Semiconductor Company Award

Nominees:

  • ams AG
  • CamSemi Ltd.
  • CSR plc
  • Infineon Technologies AG

For additional information on GSA awards, contact Chelsea Boone, Director of Research.

Click here to view all past winners.

GSA Awards Dinner Celebration
Reservations

Reservations

Tables fill up fast! The final date to update existing reservations is Friday, December 7th at 12 p.m. PST.

Contact Information

Table Reservations

Hayley Warmack
972.866.7579 x112

GSA Awards

Chelsea Boone
972.866.7579 x123

Sponsorship

Hayley Warmack
972.866.7579 x112

Media Inquiries

Susan Jackson
972.866.7579 x129

Table Pricing

  Member Non Member
Single Seat $245 $295
Table of 10 $2,300 $2,800

Who Should Attend

Global C-Level executives throughout the semiconductor ecosystem.

  • 5:00 p.m. Networking Reception
  • 7:00 p.m. Dinner
  • 8:00 p.m. Keynote and Awards Ceremony

 

 

 
Travel

For your convenience GSA has arranged special travel discounts for attendees of the 2012 GSA Awards Dinner Celebration, including special hotel rates, discounted car rental and a discount code for flights booked with American Airlines. Please review the information below on how to take advantage of the available discounts.

We strive to make your experience with the Awards Dinner Celebration as convenient and stress free as possible. Please contact Breanna Anderson at any time if you have questions about travel arrangements.

Hotel Information

Hyatt Regency Santa Clara

GSA's preferred hotel for the 2012 Awards Dinner Celebration is listed below. The Hyatt is connected to the Santa Clara Convention Center.

Unfortunately, GSA's room block at the Hyatt Regency is filled at this time. Please see other hotel recommendations listed below.

5101 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA 95054
408-200-1234
santaclara.hyatt.com

Other Hotel Recommendations

Flight Information

American Airlines

GSA has partnered with American Airlines to provide our attendees a 5% discount for the 2012 GSA Awards Dinner Celebration. The valid travel dates for this discount are December 7-17. You can easily access American's fares and apply this discount by going to www.aa.com/group to book your flight. Place the below Promotion Code in the promotion code box and your discount will be calculated automatically. This special discount is valid off any applicable published fares listed for American Airlines, American Eagle, and American Connection. International originating guests will need to contact your local reservation number and refer to the Promotion Code.

You may also call 1-800-433-1790 to book your flights, please refer to the Authorization Number below when you call and note there is a reservation service charge for all tickets issued by phone. Please use our preferred partner, American Airlines when you can because of the benefits provided to you as a traveler and to our organization for extended partner value.

American Airlines Reservations Online Promotion Code: 95D2AY

American Airlines Reservations by Phone Authorization Code:95D2AY

Flight Information

Rental Car Information

Avis Car Rental

A discount on car rentals with Avis is also available, in order to receive the discounted rate please contact Avis at 1-800-331-1600 to make your reservation using the discount code listed below.

Avis Reservations Promotion Code: B136001

GSA Awards Dinner Celebration