GSA Award Winners

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)
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 will be one of their key corporate executives over the next three years.

  • 2018 — Vanitha Kumar, VP, Engineering, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

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

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)

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)

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.

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*

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

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

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.

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