IBM Corp.'s Microelectronics Division and Motorola Inc. have been awarded the 2004 National Medal of Technology, the U.S. Commerce Department said Tuesday (Nov. 15).
According to IBM, the company's chip unit was recognized for more than four decades of innovation in semiconductor technology. The award recognizes IBM advances that have improved the performance and versatility of today's microprocessors, citing significant breakthroughs such as the development of multicore-processor integration, DRAM, the use of copper on-chip wiring, silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology and high-speed silicon germanium chips, the company said.
The National Medal of Technology is awarded annually by the President to America's leading innovators. It recognizes companies and individuals who have made lasting contributions to America's competitiveness, standard of living and quality of life through technological innovation.
This is the 8th time since the medal was first awared in 1985 that IBM has won the award.
Link: IBM Unit, Motorola Awarded 2004 National Medal Of Technology