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[December 28, 2013]

GSA Introduces Award Recipients [Professional Services Close - Up]

(Professional Services Close - Up Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) announced the recipients honored at the 2013 GSA Awards Dinner Celebration that took place in Santa Clara, California.

According to a release, the awards honor the achievements of semiconductor companies in several categories ranging from outstanding leadership to financial accomplishments, as well as overall respect within the industry.

The alliance reported that the GSA's most prestigious award, the Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award, was presented to CEO and Chairman, Dr. Sehat Sutardja, and President and Co-founder, Weili Dai, of Marvell Technology Group (Marvell). This is the first year that this award has been presented to two recipients. Each year this leadership award recognizes individuals, such as its namesake, for their exceptional contributions to drive the development, innovation, growth and long-term opportunities for the semiconductor industry.

Additionally, GSA members identified the Most Respected Emerging Public and Public Semiconductor Company Award winners by casting ballots for the industry's most respected companies for its products, vision and future opportunities. Winners include the "Most Respected Emerging Public Semiconductor Company Achieving $100 million to $250 million in annual sales Award" presented to InvenSense, Inc.; "Most Respected Public Semiconductor Company achieving $251 million to $1 billion in annual sales Award" awarded to Silicon Labs; and "Most Respected Public Semiconductor Company achieving greater than $1 billion in annual sales Award" received by QUALCOMM Inc.

The "Most Respected Private Company Award" was voted on by GSA membership and presented to Aquantia Corp. Other winners include "Best Financially Managed Company achieving up to $500 Million in annual sales Award" presented to InvenSense, Inc. and "Best Financially Managed Semiconductor Company achieving greater than $500 million in annual sales Award" earned by Semtech Corp. Both companies were recognized based on their continued demonstration of the best overall financial performance based on specific financial metrics.

GSA's Emerging Company CEO Council, venture capitalists and select industry entrepreneurs, chose the "Start-Up to Watch Award" winner by identifying a company that has demonstrated the potential to positively change its market or the industry through the innovative use of semiconductor technology or a new application for semiconductor technology. This year's winner is Quantenna Communications, Inc.

As a global organization, the GSA recognizes companies headquartered in the Europe/Middle East/Africa and Asia-Pacific regions. Award winners are chosen by the leadership council of each respective region and are semiconductor companies that demonstrate the most strength when measuring products, vision, leadership and success in the marketplace. The recipients of this year's "Outstanding Asia-Pacific Semiconductor Company Award" is MediaTek Inc. and "Outstanding EMEA Semiconductor Company Award" is NXP Semiconductors.

Semiconductor financial analysts Joseph Moore from Morgan Stanley and Quinn Bolton from Needham & Company presented this year's "Favorite Analyst Semiconductor Company Award." The criteria used in selecting this year's winners included historical as well as projected data such as per cent stock and revenue increase, net profit margin, revenue forecasts, and product performance. Morgan Stanley presented to Ambarella, Inc. and Needham & Company presented to MaxLinear Inc.

The Awards Dinner Celebration was made possible through the generous support of the event's title sponsor TSMC, VIP and networking reception sponsor OptimalTest, as well as general sponsors Advantest, Amkor, ASE Group, Broadcom, Cadence Design Systems, CSR, eSilicon, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, IBM, J.P. Morgan, KPMG, MagnaChip, Marvell, Mentor Graphics, Morgan Stanley, Needham & Co., Nvidia, Open-Silicon, QUALCOMM, Rambus, Revitas, Samsung, SMIC, SuVolta, UMC and VeriSilicon.

The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) mission is to accelerate the growth and increase the return on invested capital of the global semiconductor industry by fostering a more effective ecosystem through collaboration, integration and innovation. It addresses the challenges within the supply chain including IP, EDA/design, wafer manufacturing, test and packaging to enable industry-wide solutions.

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