NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang honoured by semiconductor industry

Thursday, 19 August, 2021

NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang honoured by semiconductor industry

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has announced that Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA and a trailblazer in building accelerated computing platforms, is the 2021 recipient of the industry’s highest honour, the Robert N. Noyce Award.

SIA presents the Noyce Award annually in recognition of a leader who has made outstanding contributions to the semiconductor industry in technology or public policy. The award is named in honour of semiconductor industry pioneer Robert N. Noyce, co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel.

“Jensen Huang’s extraordinary vision and tireless execution have greatly strengthened our industry, revolutionised computing and advanced artificial intelligence,” said John Neuffer, SIA President and CEO.

“Jensen’s accomplishments have fuelled countless innovations — from gaming to scientific computing to self-driving cars — and he continues to advance technologies that will transform our industry and the world. We’re pleased to recognise Jensen with the 2021 Robert N. Noyce Award for his many achievements in advancing semiconductor technology.”

Huang founded NVIDIA in 1993 and has served since its inception as CEO and a member of the board of directors. Starting out in 3D graphics, NVIDIA helped build the gaming market into the world’s largest entertainment industry. More recently, NVIDIA ignited modern AI — the next era of computing — with the GPU acting as the brain of computers, robots and self-driving cars.

Huang is a recipient of the IEEE Founder’s Medal, the Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award, and honorary doctorate degrees from Taiwan’s National Chiao Tung University, National Taiwan University and Oregon State University. In 2019, Harvard Business Review ranked him No. 1 on its list of the world’s 100 best-performing CEOs over the lifetime of their tenure. In 2017, he was named Fortune’s Businessperson of the Year.

“I am honoured to receive the 2021 Noyce Award and do so on behalf of my colleagues at NVIDIA, whose body of work this award recognises,” Huang said. “It has been the greatest joy and privilege to have grown up with the semiconductor and computer industries, two that so profoundly impact the world.

“As we enter the era of AI, robotics, digital biology and the metaverse, we will see super-exponential technology advances. There’s never been a more exciting or important time to be in the semiconductor and computer industries.”

Huang will accept the award at the SIA Awards Dinner on 18 November 2021.

Image caption: NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang.

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