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Global Semiconductor Alliance Announces 2018 GSA Award Recipients

SAN JOSE, Calif. (December 7, 2018) – The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) is proud to announce the award recipients honored at the 2018 GSA Awards Dinner Celebration that took place last evening in Santa Clara, California. For almost a quarter century, the GSA Awards have recognized the achievements of top performing semiconductor companies in several categories ranging from outstanding leadership to financial accomplishments, as well as overall respect within the industry.

Individual Awards:

Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award

The GSA’s most prestigious 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. This year’s recipient is Dr. Lisa Su, President and CEO of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).

Rising Women of Influence Award

This newly initiated award recognizes and profiles the next generation of women leaders in the semiconductor industry that are believed to be rising to top executive roles within their organizations. This year’s award was presented to Vanitha Kumar, Vice President of Software Engineering at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Company Awards:

Most Respected Public Semiconductor Companies

GSA members identified the winners in this category by casting ballots for the industry’s most respected companies, judged for their vision, technology and market leadership. Below are this year’s recipients:

Most Respected Public Semiconductor Company Achieving Greater than $5 Billion in Annual Sales
  • NVIDIA Corporation
Most Respected Public Semiconductor Company Achieving $1 Billion to $5 Billion in Annual Sales
  • Marvell Semiconductor
Most Respected Public Semiconductor Company Achieving $500 Million to $1 Billion in Annual Sales
  • Silicon Labs
Most Respected Emerging Public Semiconductor Company Achieving $100 Million to $500 Million in Annual Sales
  • Nordic Semiconductor
Most Respected Private Company
  • SiFive Inc.

Best Financially Managed Semiconductor Companies

These awards are derived from a broad evaluation of the financial health and performance of public fabless and IDM semiconductor companies. Below are this year’s recipients:

Best Financially Managed Company Achieving up to $1 Billion in Annual Sales
  • Holtek Semiconductor Inc.
Best Financially Managed Semiconductor Company Achieving Greater than $1 Billion in Annual Sales
  • Micron Technology, Inc.

Start-Up to Watch

GSA’s Private Awards Committee, comprised of successful executives, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, chose the winner by identifying a promising startup that has demonstrated the potential to positively change its market or the industry through innovation and market application. This year’s winner is Movandi.

As a global organization, the GSA recognizes outstanding companies headquartered in the Europe/Middle East/Africa and Asia-Pacific regions having a global impact and demonstrating a strong vision, portfolio and market leadership. Two awards were presented in this category:

Outstanding Asia-Pacific Semiconductor Company
  • Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Outstanding EMEA Semiconductor Company
  • Infineon Technologies AG

Analyst Favorite Semiconductor Company

Two analyst pick awards were presented based on technology and financial performance as well as future projections:

  • NVIDIA Corporation was chosen by Rajvindra Gill, Managing Director at Needham & Company, LLC
  • Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) was chosen by Mark Lipacis, Managing Director at Jefferies, LLC

This year’s ceremony was attended by close to 1500 global executives in the semiconductor and technology industries.

About GSA:
GSA is Where Leaders Meet to establish an efficient, profitable and sustainable semiconductor and high technology global ecosystem encompassing semiconductors, software, solutions, systems and services. It is a leading industry organization that provides a unique neutral platform for collaboration, where global executives interface and innovate with peers, partners and customers to accelerate industry growth and maximize return on invested and intellectual capital.

GSA has an impressive global footprint representing over 30 countries and 350 corporate members comprised of top companies in the semiconductor industry. Global membership ranges from the most exciting emerging companies to industry stalwarts and technology leaders—representing 75% of industry revenues. Members value collaboration as a key to the advancement of their companies and industry.

GSA offers the broadest and most efficient thought-leadership platform through curated regional and global executive and technology events, networking forums, dinners, workshops and working groups. These gatherings allow members to engage in thought-leading dialogues shaping the industry, expand business opportunities and remain up-to-date on relevant topical issues, share best practices and gain precious visibility opportunities. GSA members also have access to a repository of data and information including financial reports and resources, company data, surveys and technology and market reports. To learn more about GSA, please visit


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