SAN JOSE, USA: The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) announced the recipients of its 2009 awards, which are presented each year to outstanding semiconductor companies across the globe that have demonstrated excellence through their success, vision and strategy in the industry. The 2009 awards were presented at the GSA Awards Dinner Celebration, held on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, in Santa Clara.
GSA’s most prestigious award, “The Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award,” was presented to Dr. Aart de Geus, co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Synopsys, Inc. The leadership award recognizes individuals for their exceptional contributions to drive the development, innovation, growth and long-term opportunities for the semiconductor industry. Dr. Morris Chang, chairman of TSMC, presented Dr. de Geus with his namesake award.
Members of the semiconductor industry selected the “Most Respected Private, Emerging Public and Public Semiconductor Company Award” winners by identifying the companies they hold in highest regard in terms of products, vision and future opportunities.
The 2009 privately held company winner is Open-Silicon, while the emerging public company recipient is NetLogic Microsystems. Two companies received recognition in the most respected public company category. The most respected honors for a company with $500 million to $10 billion in annual sales was awarded to Broadcom, while the company with $10 billion or greater in annual sales was awarded to Intel.
The “Best Financially Managed Company Award” winner is Linear Technology. It was presented to the company for their demonstration of the best overall financial performance based on a number of key financial metrics.
Private companies that have doubled their revenue over eight consecutive quarters ending June 2009 were eligible to receive the “Outstanding Financial Performance by a Private Semiconductor Company Award.” The three recipients are ApexOne Microelectronics, Telegent Systems and Xelerated AB.
GSA’s Emerging CEO Council, venture capitalists and serial entrepreneurs selected the “Start-Up to Watch Award” winners by identifying the two companies that have demonstrated the potential to positively change its market or the industry in general through the innovative use of semiconductor technology or a new application for semiconductor technology. This prestigious honor was given to Ambarella and Silicon Mitus.
As a global alliance, GSA has introduced awards in 2009 specifically for the Europe/Middle East/Africa and Asia-Pacific regions. The awards recognize semiconductor companies headquartered in each respective region that clearly demonstrate the most strength when measuring products, vision, leadership and success in the marketplace and is chosen by each regional council.
The recipient of the “APAC Leadership Council Award” is MediaTek, and the “EMEA Leadership Council Award” was given to Dialog Semiconductor.
Analysts from Deutsche Bank Securities and Needham & Co. selected their favorite semiconductor companies for the “Favorite Analyst Semiconductor Company Award.” The analysts based their decisions on historical, as well as projected data, such as stock price, earnings per share, revenue forecasts and product performance. The winner chosen by Deutsche Bank was Avago Technologies. Needham & Co. presented Cavium Networks with their award.
The 2009 Awards Dinner Celebration was made possible through the support of the event’s title sponsor, TSMC, VIP Sponsor, NASDAQ OMX, Reception Sponsor, GlobalFoundries as well as its additional sponsors: Advantest Amkor Technology, ARM, ASE Group, Atheros, Broadcom, Cadence Design Systems, Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing, Deutsche Bank, Dongbu HiTek, eSilicon, GlobalFoundries, IBM, Inphi, J.P. Morgan, MagnaChip Semiconductor, Morgan Stanley, Needham & Co., NVIDIA, PricewaterhouseCoopers, ON Semiconductor, QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies, Samsung Semiconductor, SAP, Synopsys and UMC.