GSA Awards Dinner Celebration
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GSA recognizes semiconductor companies that have demonstrated excellence through their success, vision, strategy and future opportunities in the industry at its annual Awards Dinner Celebration. It is an honor to be selected as a nominee and an even more distinguished achievement to win an GSA Award! Click here to view all past winners.

Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award

The Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership 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. The 2013 winners are Marvell Co-Founders, Dr. Sehat Sutardja and Weili Dai. Read more about the duo here.


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 the winner of the Start-Up to Watch award by identifying the semiconductor company 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.


  • GEO Semiconductor, Inc. (GEO)
  • Quantenna Communications, Inc. - WINNER
  • Tabula, 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 takes place to allow GSA members, including semiconductor companies and partners, to cast a ballot for the private semiconductor company they most respect. The selected companies are based on the Committee’s Criteria:


  • Aquantia Corporation - WINNER
  • Cortina Systems
  • SiTime Corporation

Public Company Awards

All public company awards are determined by GSA using public financial data; therefore, nomination forms are unnecessary.

Best Financially Managed Semiconductor Company Award

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.

Nominees (Achieving > $500 Million in Annual Sales)

  • Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.
  • Semtech - WINNER
  • Xilinx, Inc.

Nominees (Achieving Up to $500 Million in Annual Sales)

  • Audience, Inc.
  • InvenSense, Inc. - WINNER
  • RDA Microelectronics

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. The criteria for these award include achieving annual sales in several ranges. In addition, 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 companies they most respect.

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

  • MediaTek Inc.
  • QUALCOMM Incorporated - WINNER
  • Xilinx, Inc.

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

  • Dialog Semiconductor
  • Microsemi Corporation
  • Silicon Labs - WINNER

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

  • Ambarella, Inc.
  • Cavium, Inc.
  • InvenSense, Inc. - WINNER

Analyst Favorite Semiconductor Company Award

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.

Morgan Stanley Nominees (Presented by Joseph Moore):

  • Ambarella, Inc. - WINNER
  • Avago Technologies
  • Cavium, Inc.

Needham & Co. Nominees (Presented by Quinn Bolton):

  • Ambarella, Inc.
  • Inphi Corporation
  • MaxLinear Inc. - WINNER

Regional Awards

As a global alliance, GSApresents 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. - WINNER
  • Samsung Electronics, Co., Ltd.
  • Spreadtrum Communications Inc.

Outstanding EMEA Semiconductor Company Award Nominees:

  • CSR plc
  • Dialog Semiconductor
  • NXP Semiconductors - WINNER


ASE Group Advantest Amkor Broadcom Cadence CSR eSilicon
GlobalFoundries IBM J.P.Morgan KPMG MagnaChip Marvell
Mentor Graphics Morgan Stanley Needham NVIDIA Open Silicon Qualcomm Rambus
revitas Samsung SMIC SuVolta UMC VeriSilicon