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GSA Award 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.

  • 1999 — Dr. Morris Chang, Chairman and CEO, TSMC
  • 2000 — Dr. Robert S. Pepper, former President and CEO, Level One Communications
  • 2001 — Michael L. Hackworth, Chairman of Cirrus Logic
  • 2002 — Bernard V. Vonderschmitt, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board, Xilinx, Inc.
  • 2003 — Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of QUALCOMM Incorporated
  • 2004 — Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO, President and Co-Founder, NVIDIA Corporation
  • 2006 — Kamran Elahian, Chairman, Global Catalyst Partners
  • 2007 — Gordon Campbell, Executive Director, TechFarm Ventures
  • 2008 — Dr. Eli Harari, Chairman and CEO, SanDisk Corporation
  • 2009 — Dr. Aart de Geus, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Synopsys, Inc.
  • 2010 — Dr. John Hennessy, president of Stanford University
  • 2011 — Dr. Henry Samueli, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Broadcom Corporation
  • 2012 — Sir Robin Saxby, Founding CEO, ARM
  • 2013 — Dr. Sehat Sutardja, Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder and Ms. Weili Dai, President and Co-Founder, Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (Marvell)
  • 2015 — Ming-Kai Tsai, Chairman and CEO of MediaTek
  • 2016 — Lip-Bu Tan, Cadence CEO and Walden International Founder
  • 2017 — Ray Stata, Cofounder and Chairman, Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI)
  • 2018 — Dr. Lisa Su, President & CEO, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)

Most Respected Public Semiconductor Company Awards

The industry's Most Respected Public Semiconductor Company awards are designed to identify the public companies (i.e., large, medium-sized and emerging companies) garnering the most respect from the industry in terms of their products, vision and future opportunities. Companies are allocated to the categories below depending upon their annual revenue. Revenue, profitability and market capitalization, among other financial and product successes, are considered to be listed on the ballot. On-line voting takes place to allow GSA membership, including semiconductor companies and partners, to cast a ballot for the public semiconductor companies they most respect. Note: Prior to 2008, the award was called the Most Respected Public Fabless Company award and was not segmented by revenue.

Large Public Company Award
  • 2008 — Intel Corporation
  • 2009 — Intel Corporation
  • 2010 — Intel Corporation
  • 2011 — Intel Corporation
  • 2012 — Qualcomm Inc.
  • 2013 — QUALCOMM Incorporated
  • 2014 — QUALCOMM Incorporated
  • 2015 — Avago Technologies
  • 2016 — NVIDIA
  • 2017 — NVIDIA
  • 2018 — NVIDIA Corporation
Medium-Sized Public Company Award
  • 1996 — C-Cube Microsystems
  • 1996 S3
  • 1997 — Level One Communications
  • 1998 — Broadcom Corporation
  • 1999 — Broadcom Corporation
  • 2000 — Broadcom Corporation
  • 2001 — NVIDIA Corporation
  • 2002 — Xilinx, Inc.
  • 2003 — Xilinx, Inc.
  • 2004 — Broadcom Corporation
  • 2005 — Marvell Semiconductor
  • 2006 — NVIDIA Corporation
  • 2007 — NVIDIA Corporation
  • 2008 — Xilinx, Inc.
  • 2009 — Broadcom Corporation
  • 2010 — Broadcom Corporation
  • 2011 — Broadcom Corporation
  • 2012 — Cavium, Inc.
  • 2013 — Silicon Labs
  • 2014 — InvenSense, Inc.
  • 2015 — Dialog Semiconductor
  • 2015 Silicon Labs
  • 2016 — Analog Devices, Inc.
  • 2016 Silicon Labs
  • 2017 — Analog Devices, Inc.
  • 2017 Silicon Labs
  • 2018 — Marvell Semiconductor
  • 2018 Silicon Labs
Emerging Public Company Award
  • 2006 — Atheros Communications, Inc.
  • 2007 — Atheros Communications, Inc.
  • 2008 — Cavium Networks
  • 2009 — NetLogic Microsystems, Inc.
  • 2010 — NetLogic Microsystems, Inc.
  • 2011 — NetLogic Microsystems, Inc.
  • 2012 — Entropic Communications Inc.
  • 2012 InvenSense, Inc.
  • 2013 — InvenSense Inc.
  • 2014 — Ambarella, Inc.
  • 2015 — Ambarella, Inc.
  • 2016 — Nordic Semiconductor
  • 2017 — Monolithic Power Systems (MPS)
  • 2018 — Nordic Semiconductor ASA

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 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. Note: In 2012, a winner was selected for two revenue categories: < $500 Million in Annual Sales and > $500 Million in Annual Sales.

  • 1997 — NeoMagic
  • 1998 — NeoMagic
  • 1999 — PMC-Sierra
  • 2000 — Xilinx, Inc.
  • 2001 — NVIDIA Corporation
  • 2002 — QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies
  • 2003 — QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies
  • 2004 — QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies
  • 2005 — QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies
  • 2006 — MediaTek Inc.
  • 2007 — MediaTek Inc.
  • 2008 — MediaTek Inc.
  • 2009 — Linear Technology Corporation
  • 2010 — Altera Corporation
  • 2011 — Avago Technologies
  • 2012 — Broadcom Corporation (achieving greater than $500 million)
  • 2012 Silicon Motion, Inc. (achieving up to $500 Million)
  • 2013 — InvenSense, Inc. (Achieving $100 to $250 Million in Annual Sales)
  • 2013 Semtech Labs (Achieving $251 Million to $1 Billion in Annual Sales)
  • 2014 — Montage Technology
  • 2014 Skyworks Solutions, Inc.
  • 2015 — Ambarella, Inc.
  • 2015 Dialog Semiconductor
  • 2016 — NVIDIA (Achieving Greater than $1 Billion in Annual Sales)
  • 2016 Silicon Motion, Inc. (Achieving Up to $1 Billion in Annual Sales)
  • 2017 — Parade Technologies Ltd. (Achieving Up to $1 Billion in Annual Sales)
  • 2017 SK Hynix Inc. (Achieving Greater than $1 Billion in Annual Sales)
  • 2018 — Holtek Semiconductor, Inc. (Achieving Up to $1 Billion in Annual Revenues)
  • 2018 Micron Technology, Inc. (Achieving Greater than $1 Billion in Annual Sales)

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.

  • 1997 — Galileo Technology
  • 1997 Lattice
  • 1997 PMC-Sierra
  • 1998 — Broadcom Corporation
  • 1998 Level One Communications
  • 1998 NeoMagic
  • 1998 PMC-Sierra
  • 1999 — Broadcom Corporation
  • 1999 GlobeSpan
  • 1999 PMC-Sierra
  • 1999 Power Integrations
  • 1999 Xilinx, Inc.
  • 2000 — NVIDIA Corporation
  • 2000 PMC-Sierra
  • 2000 Silicon Image
  • 2000 Transmeta
  • 2001 — Altera Corporation
  • 2001 O2Micro
  • 2001 Pixelworks, Inc.
  • 2001 QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies
  • 2001 Silicon Laboratories Inc.
  • 2002 — NVIDIA Corporation
  • 2002 QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies
  • 2002 Silicon Laboratories Inc.
  • 2003 — Broadcom Corporation
  • 2003 Marvell Semiconductor
  • 2003 Silicon Storage Technologies
  • 2004 — NVIDIA Corporation
  • 2004 SiRF Technology Holdings, Inc.
  • 2005 — Broadcom Corporation
  • 2005 Marvell
  • 2006 — Atheros Communications, Inc.
  • 2007 — Broadcom Corporation
  • 2007 Cavium Networks
  • 2009 — Avago Technologies
  • 2009 Cavium Networks
  • 2010 — Atheros Communications
  • 2010 QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies
  • 2010 SanDisk Corporation
  • 2011 — Broadcom Corporation
  • 2011 Cavium, Inc.
  • 2011 Qualcomm, Inc.
  • 2012 — Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.
  • 2012 Silicon Laboratories
  • 2013 — Ambarella, Inc.
  • 2013 MaxLinear Inc.
  • 2014 — Synaptics, Inc.
  • 2015 — Inphi Corporation
  • 2016 — Microsemi Corporation
  • 2017 — NVIDIA
  • 2018 — Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) (chosen by Jefferies, LLC)
  • 2018 NVIDIA Corporation (chosen by Needham & Co, LLC)

Outstanding Revenue Growth by a Private Semiconductor Company Award

Up to five private semiconductor companies that doubled revenue over eight consecutive quarters may be eligible to receive an award for their outstanding revenue performance. Due to confidentiality, all submitted forms are sent directly to an audit firm to determine which companies experienced the highest revenue growth during the designated time period. GSA does not receive a copy of financial data within submissions. Note: This award was suspended in 2012.

  • 1996 — C-Cube Microsystems
  • 1996 ESS Technology
  • 1996 Silicon Storage Technology
  • 1997 — 3Dfx Interactive
  • 1997 Galileo Technology
  • 1997 Genesis Microchip
  • 1997 IX MICRO
  • 1997 NeoMagic
  • 1997 TEC
  • 1998 — 3Dfx Interactive
  • 1998 Aureal Semiconductor
  • 1998 Broadcom Corporation
  • 1998 Galileo Technology
  • 1998 Genesis Microchip
  • 1998 Integrated Circuit Systems
  • 1998 Level One Communications
  • 1998 MMC Networks
  • 1998 NeoMagic
  • 1998 Pericom Semiconductor
  • 1998 Power Integrations
  • 1998 Qlogic Corporation
  • 1999 — Aureal Inc.
  • 1999 Broadcom Corporation
  • 1999 Genesis Microchip
  • 1999 MMC Networks, Inc.
  • 1999 NVIDIA Corporation
  • 1999 PMC-Sierra, Inc.
  • 1999 QLogic Corporation
  • 1999 TranSwitch Corpo
  • 2000 — Actel
  • 2000 Alliance Semiconductor
  • 2000 AudioCodes Ltd.
  • 2000 Broadcom Corporation
  • 2000 Cent
  • 2001 — Centillium Communications, Inc.
  • 2001 Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.
  • 2001 Multilink Technology Corporation
  • 2001 Pixelworks, Inc.
  • 2001 Tripath Technology Inc.
  • 2004 — Atheros Communications, Inc.
  • 2005 — Cavium Networks
  • 2005 Silicon Optix, Inc.
  • 2005 ViXS Systems, Inc.
  • 2006 — Apexone Microelectronics
  • 2006 Impinj
  • 2006 Inphi Corporation
  • 2006 Wintegra
  • 2007 — RMI (Raza Microelectronics, Inc.)
  • 2007 Sigma Designs, Inc.
  • 2007 Techwell, Inc.
  • 2008 — Ambarella
  • 2008 DisplayLink Corporation
  • 2009 — ApexOne Microelectronics Inc.
  • 2009 Telegent Systems, Inc.
  • 2009 Xelerated AB
  • 2010 — Apexone Microelectronics
  • 2010 Fulcrum Microsystems Inc.
  • 2011 — SandForce, Inc.
  • 2011 Silicon Mitus, Inc.

Outstanding Revenue Growth by a Public Semiconductor Company Award

Up to five public semiconductor companies that doubled revenue over eight consecutive quarters may be eligible to receive an award for their outstanding revenue performance. Due to confidentiality, all submitted forms are sent directly to an audit firm to determine which companies experienced the highest revenue growth during the designated time period. GSA does not receive a copy of financial data within submissions. Note: This award was suspended in 2012.

  • 1996 — Galileo Technology*
  • 1996 Genesis Microchip*
  • 1996 NeoMagic*
  • 1996 QuickLogic*
  • 1996 Sensory*
  • 1996 Space Electronics*
  • 1997 — Suni Imaging*
  • 1999 — Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.*
  • 1999 Microcosm Communications*
  • 1999 RocketChips, Inc.*
  • 1999 Sage, Inc.*
  • 1999 SigmaTel, Inc.*
  • 2000 — Azalea Microelectronics Corporation*
  • 2000 Kendin Communications*
  • 2000 Music Semiconductors*
  • 2000 Oren Semiconductor*
  • 2000 Sensory*
  • 2000 Sound Vision*
  • 2000 Summit Microelectronics*
  • 2000 Triscend Corporation*
  • 2001 — Aurora VLSI, Inc.*
  • 2001 Equator Technologies, Inc.*
  • 2002 — Atheros Communications, Inc.*
  • 2003 — Atheros Communications, Inc.*
  • 2005 — CSR*
  • 2005 M-Systems Flash Disk Pioneers Ltd.*
  • 2005 Marvell*
  • 2005 NetLogic Microsystems, Inc.*
  • 2005 NVIDIA Corporation*
  • 2005 PortalPlayer, Inc.*
  • 2005 Solomon Systech (International) Limited*
  • 2006 — Broadcom Corporation*
  • 2006 CSR*
  • 2006 Vimicro International Corporation*
  • 2006 Wolfson Microelectronics plc*

Start-Up to Watch Award

GSA's Start-Up to Watch 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 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. Note: The name of this award was changed to Private Company to Watch in 2012.

  • 2001 — Banderacom, Inc.
  • 2001 IceFyre Semiconductor, Inc.
  • 2001 Impinj Inc.
  • 2001 Internet Machines
  • 2001 Layer N Networks, Inc.
  • 2001 Legerity
  • 2001 Quake Technologies
  • 2001 Silicon Optix Inc.
  • 2001 TeraOptic Networks
  • 2001 Zagros Networks, Inc.
  • 2002 — Azanda Network Devices
  • 2002 Corrent Corporation
  • 2002 eSilicon Corporation
  • 2002 iWatt, Inc.
  • 2003 — Sierra Logic
  • 2003 SyChip, Inc.
  • 2004 — Frontier Silicon
  • 2005 — SiTime
  • 2006 — Akros Silicon, Inc.
  • 2007 — SiBEAM, Inc.
  • 2008 — Tilera Corporation
  • 2009 — Ambarella, Inc.
  • 2010 — SandForce, Inc.
  • 2011 — Amalfi Semiconductor
  • 2012 — Wilocity
  • 2013 — Quantenna Communications, Inc.
  • 2014 — Ineda Systems, Inc.
  • 2015 — GaN Systems
  • 2016 — Innovium, Inc.
  • 2017 — DecaWave Ltd.
  • 2018 — Movandi

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.

  • 1996 — Chip Express
  • 1996 NeoMagic
  • 1997 — NVIDIA Corporation
  • 1998 — NVIDIA Corporation
  • 1999 — Marvell Semiconductor
  • 2000 — Transmeta
  • 2001 — Atheros Communications, Inc.
  • 2002 — West Bay Semiconductor, Inc.
  • 2003 — Cavium Networks
  • 2004 — Cavium Networks
  • 2005 — AuthenTec
  • 2006 — Cavium Networks
  • 2007 — Inphi Corporation
  • 2008 — Open-Silicon, Inc.
  • 2009 — Open-Silicon, Inc.
  • 2010 — Ambarella, Inc.
  • 2011 — Ambarella, Inc.
  • 2012 — Ambarella, Inc.
  • 2013 — Aquantia Corporation
  • 2014 — Spreadtrum Communications Inc.
  • 2015 — Quantenna Communications, Inc.
  • 2016 — Quantenna Communications, Inc.
  • 2017 — Aquantia Corporation
  • 2018 — SiFive

Outstanding Asia Pacific Semiconductor Company Award

As a global alliance, GSA introduced an award specifically for the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. The award recognizes a semiconductor company headquartered in APAC that clearly demonstrates the most strength when measuring products, vision, leadership and success in the marketplace. GSA's APAC Leadership Council determines both the nominees and the winner.

  • 2009 — MediaTek
  • 2010 — Spreadtrum Communications Inc.
  • 2011 — Global Unichip Corporation
  • 2012 — MediaTek Inc.
  • 2013 — MediaTek Inc.
  • 2014 — MediaTek Inc.
  • 2015 — MediaTek Inc.
  • 2016 — MediaTek Inc.
  • 2017 — Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
  • 2018 — Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Outstanding EMEA Semiconductor Company Award

As a global alliance, GSA introduced an award specifically for the Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) region. The award recognizes a semiconductor company headquartered in EMEA that clearly demonstrates the most strength when measuring products, vision, leadership and success in the marketplace. GSA's EMEA Leadership Council determines both the nominees and the winner.

  • 2009 — Dialog Semiconductor
  • 2010 — Dialog Semiconductor
  • 2011 — Dialog Semiconductor
  • 2012 — CSR plc.
  • 2013 — NXP Semiconductors
  • 2014 — Infineon Technologies AG
  • 2015 — Nordic Semiconductor
  • 2016 — Movidius
  • 2017 — Infineon Technologies AG
  • 2018 — Infineon Technologies AG
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