Welcome to Insight Awards

Prestigious Industry Award Program Continues to Recognize Excellence in Electronics and Semiconductor Design and Innovation

  • About Us

    The 2013 Insight Awards, presented by TechInsights, will showcase the best engineering innovations in the electronics and semiconductor technology. This year's Insight Awards features a renewed focus on categories that capture the evolving landscape of the semiconductor and electronics industries, while continuing to recognize the technical contributions of designers and engineers in these industries.

    Media coverage

    Many nominees will be featured in electronic publications such as EE Times and EDN. For over thirty years, EE Times and EDN have been covering the evolving electronics industry. They break the stories that shape your business, describe technology benefits and trade-offs with thoughtful analysis and compelling opinion. For more than 150,000 design and development engineers and technical managers, EE Times and EDN are a "must read" for the electronics and semiconductor industry. Other publications that have worked to help us promote the winners of the Insight Awards include: World IP Review, TechWeb, Information Week, and Wall Street Journal.

    Why participate?

    1. Don't miss out on your company's chance to be recognized as a engineering leader in the industry. Join previous winners like Samsung, Toshiba, Qualcomm, Marvell, Texas Instruments, Motorola, Micron, Intel, and many more.
    2. Receive valuable third party validation of your engineering designs
    3. Give recognition to your engineering and design teams
    4. Receive a complimentary TechInsights engineering report
    5. Be featured in editorial coverage and press releases
    6. Participate in the awards ceremony
    7. Participate in many more co-marketing opportunities
  • Insight Awards Category Criteria

    Most Innovative Logic Process

    TechInsights has always been at the forefront of understanding and analyzing the latest in logic process technology. The 2013 Insight Awards recognizes the constant innovation in this field with the Most Innovative Logic Process category. This award is given to the semiconductor design that has best implemented a new process technology deemed to be the most innovative against its fellow nominees.

    The nominees in this category will be evaluated for:

    •   - Transistor design & performance
    •   - Process architecture (device dependent – digital/analog mix, memory density, logic/transistor density, layer structure, etc)
    •   - Innovative use of advanced materials & interconnects
    •   - Front end innovations: Changes in gate length/minimum feature size, transistor design
    •   - Back end innovations: metallization, unusual materials, planarization techniques
    •   - Number of transistors on a die, clock speed
    •   - Integration innovation (i.e. SOC designs, memory, analog and logic combined)
    •   - Market share (i.e. presence and impact)
    •   - Patent coverage on design

    The finalists for this category feature entrants to the Insight Awards that introduced new process nodes, new manufacturing techniques and new material structures. The products to be chosen will be selected for the level of innovation they represent.

    Most Innovative Memory Device

    One of the first categories to be created for the Insight Awards was Most Innovative Memory Device. Now in the 2013 Insight Awards, memory technology has reached unparalleled heights of innovation. This award is given to the memory product (SSD, semiconductor or memory-based device) that is deemed to be the most innovative against its fellow nominees.

    The nominees in this category will be evaluated for:

    •   - Memory cell design (e.g. storage capacity on DRAM)
    •   - Memory density and linewidth
    •   - Access speeds
    •   - Advanced packaging technologies
    •   - Advanced process technologies
    •   - I/O architecture; data path innovations
    •   - Novelty: ferroelectric, PCM, 1T-SRAM, etc.
    •   - Market share, market presence
    •   - Patent coverage on design


    Most Innovation Processor / System-on-Chip (Soc)

    As more electronics become portable and consumers demand increases for more functionality from these electronics, the processors that drive these devices take on a greater importance. Mobile and application processors/SoCs usage has grown at an exponential rate and that rate of growth is only matched by the advances in technology that continues to occur. This award aims to recognize the advancements these components represent.

    The nominees in this category will be evaluated for:

    •   - Device integration: number of cores, number of GPUs, wireless radio technologies, memory
    •   - Technology: advanced manufacturing process (linewidth, number of transistors, memory size)
    •   - Power: best power consumption specs
    •   - Processor performance: ability to process polygons, etc
    •   - Market share, market presence. Is processor used in high profile devices?
    •   - Patent coverage on design
    •   - Each will have specific judging criteria


    Semiconductor of the Year

    This award is presented to the semiconductor that is determined to be the most innovative and technologically elegant component of 2012. This device will be selected amongst all semiconductor nominees from other categories, as well as semiconductors that did not fall into these specific categories. This award will be presented primarily on what TechInsights' judges deem as the component with the largest impact on the entire semiconductor industry and largest potential to transform the industry.

    Companies nominated for this category will be asked to explain the development process of their device including what steps they took along their path to innovation.

  • Nomination Forms

    To enter your nomination for the 2013 Insight Awards, please download the necessary form. Once you have completed the form, please submit it to

    All nomination forms are due by March 29, 2013. If your product release date falls outside of this deadline, please contact us. Note that any request for a deadline extension will be evaluated by the judging committee.


  • Rules

    Participation in the Insight Awards involves the exchange of technical and business information relating to your nominated device. Information obtained by TechInsights from participating companies will be used for the purpose of validating technical claims of your nominated product.

    TechInsights may decompile, disassemble, reverse-engineer, and/or analyze the devices provided by the Participant for the generation of analysis reports. TechInsights will not perform analysis in the investigation of third party patent claims on devices supplied by the Participant. TechInsights reserves the right to lift such restrictions on any analysis performed once the device becomes commercially available. We reserve the right to promote and market all nominated and winning devices with respect to their involvement with the Insight Awards.

  • Finalists

    The category finalists will be announced in Q1 2013. Stay tuned for updates.

  • Past Winners

    TechInsights has received submissions from, and awarded awards to, numerous high-profile semiconductor companies including: Samsung, Toshiba, Qualcomm, Marvell, Texas Instruments, AMD, Cypress, IBM, Cannon, Motorola, Micron and Intel.

    2011 Awards

    2010 Awards

    • Most Innovative Logic Process Technology

      Intel 32nm "Clarkdale/Westmere" CPU

    • Most Innovative DRAM

      Winbond W971GG6JB-18 65nm Buried Wordline 1Gbit DDR2 SDRAM

    • Most Innovative Memory Process Technology

      Intel / Micron (IMFT) 25nm 64Gbit MLC NAND Flash

    • Most Innovative Non-Volatile Memory

      SanDisk/Toshiba 32nm 32Gbit x3 (3 bit per cell) NAND Flash

    2008 Awards

    • Most Innovative Process Technology

      Micron (IMFT) MT29F32G08 34nm NAND Flash

    • Most Innovative Non-Volatile Memory

      Toshiba TC58NVG4D2ETA10 43nm 16Gb MLC NAND

    • Most Innovative DRAM

      Micron MT47H64M16HR 50nm 1Gbit DDR2 SDRAM

    • Most Innovative Mobile Processor

      Intel 45nm Atom Processor

    2007 Awards

    • Most Innovative Display Driver

      Toshiba T6K84 driver IC found in the Toshiba W52T CDMA cell phone / digital Camera

    • Most Innovative Baseband AND/OR Applications Processor

      Qualcomm MSM6260 Multimedia Platform

    • Most Innovative Non-Volatile Memory

      Samsung 51nm 16Gb MLC NAND Flash

    • Most Innovative RF IC

      Marvell 88W8686 Mobile 802.11a/b/g

    • Most Innovative DRAM

      Micron 78nm 1Gb DDR3 SDRAM

    2006 Awards

    • Most Innovative RF IC

      TI BRF6300 Bluetooth v2.0 + Enhanced Data Rate Single Chip Solution

    • Most Innovative Non-Volatile Memory

      Toshiba 70nm 8Gb MLC NAND Flash

    • Most Innovative Process Technology

      AMD 65nm SOI Athlon 64 X2 Processor

    • Most Innovative DRAM Memory

      Micron 95nm 6F² Mobile SDRAM

    • Most Innovative Image Sensor

      Cypress IM103 1/3" VGA-Format CMOS Image Sensor

    • Most Innovative Baseband and/or Applications Processor

      Texas Instruments "LoCosto" RF and Baseband Single Chip Solution

    2005 Awards

    • Most Innovative Non-Volatile Memory

      Toshiba 4Gb MLC 90nm NAND Flash

    • Most Innovative DRAM

      Samsung 90nm 512Mb DDR2 ("C" Rev) SDRAM

    • Most Innovative System On Chip

      Texas Instruments OMAP2420 Applications Processor

    • Most Innovative Image Sensor

      Micron MT9D011 CMOS Image Sensor

    • Most Innovative Process Technology

      Samsung 73nm NAND Flash

    2004 Awards

    • Most Innovative Non-Volatile Memory

      Samsung 8G NAND Flash (K9W8G08U1M-YCB0)

    • Most Innovative DRAM

      Micron 256M SDRAM With 6F2 CELL

    • Most Innovative CMOS Image Sensor

      Canon 10D EOS Image Sensor

    • Most Advanced Process

      IBM G5 PowerPC 970FX Processor

    • Best System-on-Chip (SOC)

      Texas Instruments OMAP1612 Processor

  • Press Room

    Thank you for your interest in the 2013 Insight Awards. Finalists will be announced in Q1 2013.

    Press Releases

    December 13, 2012 - TechInsights Announces the 2013 Insight Awards

    May 2, 2012 - TechInsights recognizes Freescale with Most Innovative Process Technology Award

    April 17, 2012 - Intel - Micron collaboration wins Insight Award for Semiconductor of the Year

    April 13, 2012 - Samsung honored with Insight Award for Most Innovative Memory Product

    March 22, 2012 - NVIDIA Wins Insight Award for Most Innovative Device for Mobile Applications

  • Contact

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