GSA : The Next 25 (1994-2019)
GSA Awards Dinner 2019
December 5

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

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

4:30PM Event Check-in

5:00PM Networking Reception

6:15PM Dinner Seating

7:00PM Awards Ceremony

9:30PM Wrap Party

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 a GSA Award.

Master of Ceremonies

Katie Linendoll is an Emmy Award-winning TV personality, writer, consumer technology expert, and one of the leading women in the field of technology.

A tech contributor on the TODAY Show, you can also find Katie as a regular consumer tech expert on Rachael Ray, The Weather Channel, CBS Sports Radio. Further, she has contributed hundreds of pieces and TV segments for top outlets including but not limited to: Popular Science, Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, Marie Claire, and ESPN to name a few. Katie also runs a full production company and is an in demand keynote speaker who focuses on innovations in technology.

Katie earned a degree in Information Technology New Media from the Rochester Institute of Technology.



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.

We are excited to announce that the recipient of the 2019 Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award will be presented to James (Jim) C. Morgan, Chairman Emeritus of Applied Materials, Inc.

2019 Recipient
James C. Morgan
Jim Morgan is chairman emeritus of Applied Materials – the leader in technology used to produce virtually every new chip and advanced display in the world. Jim ran Applied for nearly three decades— one of the longest tenures of a Fortune 500 CEO. He served as CEO from 1977 to 2003 and chairman of the board from 1987 to 2009, growing Applied from under $20 million to over $9 billion in revenue.

Among his many honors, Jim is a recipient of the National Medal of Technology awarded by the President of the United States for making lasting contributions to America’s competitiveness and standard of living. He received the IEEE Robert N. Noyce MedaI and the Semiconductor Industry Association’s Noyce Award.

Jim advised three U.S. Presidents on matters of trade and competitiveness, serving on the National Advisory Committee on Semiconductors for President George H. W. Bush and the Commission on U.S.-Pacific Trade and Investment Policy for President Clinton. He was vice chairman of the President’s Export Council under President George W. Bush.

Recognized as a global humanitarian, he has provided leadership to the Nature Conservancy, the Tech Museum, the Center for Science, Technology, and Society, and other organizations. Co-founders of the Northern Sierra Partnership, Jim and his wife Becky have led the way to conserve bio-diverse land in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, and advance educational and environmental causes through the Morgan Family Foundation.

Jim is the author of the management memoir, “Applied Wisdom,” and “Applied Wisdom for Nonprofits,” as well as co-author of “Cracking the Japanese Market: Strategies for Success in the New Global Economy”. He earned a B.S.M.E. and an M.B.A. from Cornell University.

Rising Women of Influence Award

The Rising Women of Influence Award recognizes and profiles the next generation of women leaders in the semiconductor industry. Companies are encouraged to identify women within their organization that they believe are one of their key corporate executives over the next three or four years. Nominations will be reviewed by an all-female executive committee that will select the top four candidates for recognition at the GSA Annual awards Dinner. There, a winning recipient will be announced and presented with the Rising Women of Influence Award.

We are excited to announce that the nominees for the Rising Women of Influence Award.

Amber Huffman – WINNER
Fellow & Chief Technologiest for Data Center IP in the Silicon Engineering Group
Intel Corporation

Amber Huffman is a distinguished Fellow and Chief Technologist for Datacenter IP in the Silicon Engineering Group at Intel Corporation. She currently leads the definition of industry leading IP building blocks for Intel’s Datacenter products (which are responsible for $25B of Intel’s yearly revenue).

She is a respected authority on storage, memory and IO architecture, and led Intel and the storage industry toward the definition and adoption of fast, streamlined, highly power-managed and low-latency storage interfaces. She defined, created and drove the NVMe storage standard. This included forming and chairing the NVM Express (NVMe) Workgroup, a consortium of companies that defined a standardized interface for PCI Express-based solid-state drives. She continues to chair the board of directors for the NVMe Workgroup and the Open NAND Flash Interface (ONFI) Workgroup.

Huffman joined Intel in 1998 and previously led the development of the Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI), which remains the standard programming interface for SATA today. Subsequently, she led the technical and industry development of ONFI, which standardizes the NAND Flash memory component interface and enables customers to use Flash from various hardware vendors. She has been granted more than 20 patents in storage architecture. Huffman earned a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

Dr. Marta Karczewicz
Vice President of Technology
Qualcomm Incorporated

Marta Karczewicz holds over 300 granted US and over 100 granted European patents on video compression. She was one of three recipients of the Qualcomm IP excellence Award 2012, a prize recognizing the company’s most distinguished inventors. This year, Dr. Karczewicz was nominated as one of three finalists for the 2019 European Inventor Award in the prestigious “Lifetime Achievement” category thanks to her decades-long work on video compression technologies.

She is an author of 16 journal papers and over 40 conference papers including 5 invited papers to special issues of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology on AVC, HEVC and VVC, and she received EURASIP’s best paper award in the Image Communication category in 1997.

Dr. Karczewicz received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. (with honors) degrees from the Tampere University of Technology, Finland, in 1994 and 1997, respectively. From 1996 to 2006, she was with Nokia where she managed the “Visual Technologies” Competence Area, and in 2004 she became the head of the Nokia Research Center in Dallas, Texas. In 2006 she joined Qualcomm, where she is currently a Vice President, Technology, in the Multimedia R&D group. Since 1998, she has been active participant in H.264/AVC, HEVC and VVC video codecs development within MPEG and ITU-T standardization forums. While in Qualcomm she has also contributed to projects related to software and hardware video encoder implementation, virtual reality, and Universal Bandwidth compression.

Suzanne Plummer
Corporate Vice President of Design Engineering

Suzanne Plummer is a corporate vice president of Design Engineering at AMD. In this role, she is responsible for the design of AMD discrete GPU products, including the newest Radeon products based on the RDNA Architecture. She leads a team of over 800 full-time engineers and contractors in China, Canada and the United States.

Since joining AMD in 2002, Plummer has led several design teams behind AMD’s most innovative technologies, including the low power x86 microprocessor used in the world’s first APU and the x86 microprocessor powering all of AMD’s game console wins. Plummer also directed the teams that designed the Zen and Zen 2 architectures – which power AMD’s new microprocessors and drove the company’s re-entry into the high-performance x86 market.

In addition to her work in x86 processor development, she was the Engineering Lead and interface for all products developed for Microsoft in the Semi-custom business unit.

Previously, Plummer worked in performance modelling and design engineering at Alchemy Semiconductor, a MIPS-based processor start-up company acquired by AMD in 2002, where she helped develop the AU1000 MIPS microprocessor.

Plummer started her career in applications engineering at Motorola Semiconductor before transitioning to design engineering, where she held various roles across architecture, performance modeling, RTL design and design management.

Plummer was the lead for the AMD Austin site for two years and is the Executive Sponsor for the AMD Pride organization, supporting AMD’s LGBTQ community. She has been involved in the AMD Women’s Forum and with AMD’s Learning and Development Organization, helping to design and lead technical leadership training classes.

Plummer has a BSEE from Rice University and has worked in the semiconductor industry for 30 years.

Dr. Linda K Somerville, Ph.D.
Corporate Vice President, Technology Development – Mask and Materials Characterization
Micron Technology, Inc.

Linda Somerville is corporate vice president of Technology Development – Mask and Materials Characterization at Micron Technology. Dr. Somerville joined Micron in 1995 and has held a variety of increasingly responsible positions. In her current role, she leads a large global team within the Technology Development department.

Her responsibilities include photomask technology development and fabrication, materials characterization, business operations, environmental health and safety, university outreach, and data security. This work supports process technology development for Micron’s DRAM, NAND and emerging memory devices. Prior to joining Micron, Dr. Somerville worked at IBM.

Dr. Somerville earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Utah State University and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Northeastern University in Boston. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University. Dr. Somerville also serves on the Micron Foundation Board and the Boise State University College of Engineering Industrial Advisory Board.


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 for the Start-Up 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.


  • Company must be a semiconductor company.
  • Company must be privately held.
  • Company must NOT have achieved greater than or equal to $20 million of cumulative product revenue (i.e., cumulative product revenue since market introduction).


  • Atmosic Technologies
  • Habana Labs
  • SambaNova Systems – WINNER
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.


  • Company must be a semiconductor company.
  • Company must be privately held.
  • Company must have achieved a minimum of $20 million of cumulative product revenue (i.e., cumulative product revenue since market introduction).


  • Montage Technology Co., Ltd.
  • Redpine Signals, Inc.
  • SiFive, Inc. – WINNER


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

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. GSA reviews the criteria below for all publicly traded semiconductor companies for two 12 month periods using quarters Q3, Q4, Q1, and Q2. All companies that meet these criteria are segmented into four separate revenue groups and each GSA member company votes for a single winner of the Most Respected Public Semiconductor Company for each group.

  • All publicly traded semiconductor companies
  • Company must report $100M or more in total Revenue for each of the two 12 month periods
  • Stock price must be greater than $1 USD on JUN 30 for each of the two 12 month periods (applies to U.S.-listed companies only)
  • Company must have a Market Capitalization of $250M or more on JUN 30 for each of the two 12 month periods
  • Company net income must be positive for each of the two 12 month periods
  • YoY company revenue growth must be greater than YoY industry revenue growth for the last two 12-month periods
Most Respected Public Semiconductor Company Revenue Groups:
  • Achieving >$5 Billion in Annual Sales
    • Nominees:
      •  Analog Devices, Inc.
      • Broadcom Inc. – WINNER
      • Infineon Technologies AG
  • Achieving $1 Billion to $5 Billion in Annual Sales
    • Nominees:
      • ams AG
      • Dialog Semiconductor
      • Xilinx, Inc. – WINNER
  • Achieving $500 Million to $1 Billion in Annual Sales
    • Nominees:
      • Monolithic Power Systems, Inc. (MPS)
      • Shenzhen Goodix Technology Co., Ltd.
      • Silicon Labs – WINNER
  • Achieving $100 Million to $500 Million in Annual Sales
    • Nominiees:
      • MagnaChip Semiconductor
      • Nordic Semiconductor – WINNER
      • Parade Technologies, Ltd.
Best Financially Managed Semiconductor Company Award

The Best Financially Managed Semiconductor Company Award is derived based on a broad evaluation of the financial health and performance of public 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.
This award has two categories:

  • Achieving Greater than $1 Billion in Annual Sales
    • Nominees:
      • Dialog Semiconductor – WINNER
      • Mellanox technologies
      • Xilinx, Inc.
  • Achieving Up to $1 Billion in Annual Sales
    • Nominees:
      • Parade Technologies, Ltd.
      • Shenzhen Goodix Technology Co., Ltd. – WINNER
      • Silergy Corp.
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.

Nominees chosen by managing director Rajvindra Gill of Needham & Company, LLC

  • Microchip Technology Inc. – WINNER
  • NXP Semiconductors
  • ON Semiconductor

Nominees chosen by managing director Mark Lipacis of Jefferies, LLC

  • Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)
  • Inphi Corporation
  • Lattice Semiconductor Corporation – WINNER


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. – WINNER
      • Montage Technology Co., Ltd.
      • T-Head Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
  • Outstanding EMEA Semiconductor Company Award
    • Nominees:
      • ams AG – WINNER
      • Graphcore
      • Infineon Technologies AG
      • Nordic Semiconductor

For additional information on awards, contact Traci Brandon



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4200 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA 95054

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