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GSA shortlists Nordic for 2010 Outstanding EMEA Semiconductor Company Award


Oslo, Norway – November 15, 2010 – Ultra low power (ULP) RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor ASA (OSE: NOD) today announces that it has been shortlisted by the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) as one of three company finalist nominees (along with CSR and Dialog Semiconductor) for the prestigious GSA 2010 Outstanding EMEA Semiconductor Company Award.

GSA Shortlists Nordic for 2010 Outstanding EMEA Semiconductor Company Award

The GSA award nomination formally recognizes semiconductor companies headquartered in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) region that clearly demonstrate the most strength in market leadership and competitiveness, product lines, innovation, and corporate management (including culture, vision, talents, and leadership), and overall likelihood of long-term success.


The winner will be announced at the GSA's Awards Dinner Celebration held in the U.S. on December 9th at Santa Clara, California.


"We are sincerely grateful to receive such prestigious, independent industry recognition," comments Svenn-Tore Larsen, Chief Executive Officer of Nordic Semiconductor. "Especially in the form an Award that recognizes how in order to become and stay a leader within the fiercely competitive global semiconductor industry today you need an almost uniquely wide range of commercial and technical people, skills, talent, market vision, and product technology.


"As such I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the dedication, hard work and passion of all the staff and management at Nordic Semiconductor – and our manufacturing, distribution and sales partners worldwide – who have helped turn what was once a small and relatively unknown Norwegian fabless semiconductor company into a global leader in ULP wireless. It is indeed an outstanding achievement and our shortlisting for this year's GSA Outstanding EMEA Semiconductor Company Award directly reflects this."


About the GSA (

The GSA has made a significant impact on the semiconductor industry since its inception in 1994, playing a vital role with the emergence and worldwide adoption of the fabless business model. Today, it continues its efforts with initiatives and focus to ensure the growth and profitability of the semiconductor industry. Members include companies throughout the supply chain representing 25 countries across the globe.


About Nordic Semiconductor ASA (

Nordic Semiconductor is a fabless semiconductor company specializing in ultra low power (ULP) short-range wireless communication.


Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF24xxx range of 2.4GHz transceiver and transmitter devices are aimed at applications including PC peripherals (wireless keyboards/mice/multimedia controllers), game controllers, intelligent sports equipment and wireless audio (for example, MP3 and portable CD player wireless headphones and wireless PC speakers).


Nordic is a member of the ANT+ Alliance and has successfully collaborated with ANT Wireless of Cochrane, Canada, since 2005. ANT devices such as the nRF24AP2 family – using Nordic 2.4GHz transceivers and the proven ANT protocol – have been used in millions of wireless sensor nodes across the world. ANT is perfectly suited for any kind of low data rate sensor network topologies in personal area networks (PANs) and practical wireless sensor networks (WSNs). ANT+ (built on the ANT protocol) facilitates interoperability between ANT+ Alliance member devices in application segments such as sports, wellness, and medical health sensors.


Nordic is an associate member of the Bluetooth SIG, and has contributed core expertise in ultra low power (ULP) RF design to Bluetooth® low energy wireless technology (formerly ultra low power Bluetooth). Bluetooth low energy is a short range RF communication technology featuring ultra low power consumption, a lightweight protocol stack and simple integration with Bluetooth chips. It is a hallmark feature of the latest Bluetooth Core Specification Version 4.0. The technology will support the next generation of RF communications by opening up many new opportunities for ULP wireless data links between suitably equipped mobile handsets or computers and small (typically coin cell) battery-powered devices such as sports, wellness, and medical health sensors.


Nordic’s products are all manufactured in state of the art semiconductor process technologies through strong, long-term relationships with world-best manufacturing facilities. Sales are primarily made through a carefully selected worldwide distribution network.