Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) Announce On Thursday, Nvidia CEO and co-founder Huang Renxun will receive the organization’s Robert Noyce Award. One of the most prestigious awards in the industry is to recognize Huang’s contribution to the entire semiconductor industry, especially to the acceleration of computing.
Jensen Huang founded Nvidia in 1993, and the company has been focusing on advancing 3D graphics and games for many years. Around 2001~2002, the company began to publicly consider general-purpose processing on the graphics processing unit (GPGPU). At the time, due to the limitations of Nvidia’s Kelvin, Rankine, and Curie architectures and the lack of application programming interfaces (APIs) in the early 2000s, this idea was not popular. But with the Tesla architecture launched in 2006, the company introduced its CUDA platform, GPGPU API and tool set. Nvidia’s CUDA GPU quickly became a popular accelerator for high-performance computing (HPC) applications, even powering some of the world’s fastest supercomputers in the 2000s and 2010s.
But the GPU and HPC business is not enough for Huang. Therefore, the company he co-founded is committed to a greater effort called artificial intelligence, which can help from facial recognition software to autonomous driving. Cars, from factory robots to chips, provide power inspection tools. NVIDIA is optimized for AI applications (such as V100 and A100) and can process large amounts of data faster than the CPU (at least when the latter does not run specially optimized code), which greatly helps push the entire industry forward develop.
SIA President and CEO John Neuffer said: “Huang Renxun’s extraordinary vision and unremitting execution have greatly strengthened our industry, revolutionary computing and advanced artificial intelligence. “Jensen’s achievements have driven countless innovations-from From games to scientific computing to self-driving cars-he continues to advance technologies that will change our industry and the world. We are very happy to award Jensen to the 2021 Robert Noyce Prize. He has made many achievements in advancing semiconductor technology. ”
Jensen Huang is the 30th semiconductor industry executive to receive the Robert Noyce Award. Over the years, four Intel executives, three IBM executives, three Texas Instruments executives, two AMD executives, two Applied Materials executives, and two Micron executives have won the award.
“It is the greatest joy and honor to grow together with the semiconductor and computer industries. These two industries have had such a profound impact on the world,” Huang said. “As we enter the age of artificial intelligence, robotics, digital biology, and the meta-universe, we will see the progress of super-exponential technology. Never before has the semiconductor and computer industries have such exciting or important moments.”
The Robert Noyce Award was established by the SIA Board of Directors in 1990 to commemorate Robert Noyce, who co-founded Fairchild Semiconductor in 1957, Intel Corporation in 1968, and the Semiconductor Industry Association in 1977.