Awards


Year Prize/Award Reason Recipient Institution
2019 ULSIC vs. TFT Best Poster Presentation Award Analysis of IGZO crystalline structure and its stability by first-principles calculations T. Nakayama et al., SEL Semiconductor Technology for Ultra Large Scale Integrated Circuits and Thin Film Transistors VII (the 7th ULSIC vs. TFT)
2019 SID Distinguished Paper Award OLED Display Incorporating Organic Image Sensor T. Kamada et al., SEL SID
2019 SID Distinguished Paper Award 5291 ppi Organic Light Emitting Diode Display using Field-effect Transistors Including a C-Axis Aligned Crystalline Oxide Semiconductor S. Katsui et al., SEL SID
2018 W. David Kingery Award Pioneering industrial leadership and seminal contributions to oxide semiconductors that have led to several innovative materials technologies Shunpei Yamazaki The American Ceramic Society
2018 National Commendation for Invention : Invention Prize Invention of a method for a highly efficient long-lived organic light emitting diode Satoko Shitagaki
Satoshi Seo
Nobuharu Ohsawa
Hideko Inoue
Kunihiko Suzuki
Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation (JIII)
2018 SID Distinguished Paper Award Highly Efficient Deep-Blue Fluorescent Dopant for Achieving Low-Power OLED Display Satisfying BT.2020 Chromaticity Y. Takita et al., SEL SID
2016 SID Distinguished Paper Award 13.3-inch 8k4k 664-ppi 120-Hz 12-bit OLED Display Using Top-Gate Self-Align CAAC-OS FETs and 12-bit Source Driver IC R. Yamamoto et al., SEL and AFD SID
2016 SID Distinguished Paper Award A 2.78-in 1058-ppi Ultra-High-Resolution Flexible OLED Display Using CAAC-IGZO FETs T. Nagata et al., SEL and AFD SID
2016 Corporate Technical Achievement Award Discovery of CAAC-IGZO and its development for application products Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
Sharp Corporation
The American Ceramic Society
2016 Medal for Leadership in the Advancement of Ceramic Technology Outstanding contributions to oxide semiconductor technology and energy-saving display devices through his numerous inventions Shunpei Yamazaki The American Ceramic Society
2015 SID Distinguished Paper Award Apparatus for Manufacturing Flexible OLED Displays: Adoption of Transfer Technology S. Idojiri et al., SEL SID
2015 SID Distinguished Paper Award New Pixel Circuits for Controlling Threshold Voltage by Back-gate Bias Voltage using Crystalline Oxide Semiconductor FETs M. Kaneyasu et al., SEL and AFD SID
2015 2015 SID Special Recognition Award Contributions to the discovery of CAAC-IGZO® and leading its practical application Shunpei Yamazaki The Society for Information Display (SID)
2015 IEDM 2015 Highlights 20-nm-node trench-gate-self-aligned crystalline In-Ga-Zn-Oxide FET with high frequency and low off-state current D. Matsubayashi et al.
Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM)
2015 IDW' 15 Outstanding Poster Paper Award Correlation Among Crystal Morphology, Surface Shape, and Oxygen Vacancy Formations in In-Ga-Zn Oxide M.Nakashima et al.
Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
International Display Workshops (IDW)
2014 SID Distinguished Paper Award 13.3-in. 8K x 4K 664-ppi OLED Display Using CAAC-OS FETs S. Kawashima et al., SEL and Sharp Corporation SID
2014 Chemical Society of Japan Award for Young Chemists in Technical Development for 2014 Highly-efficient Long-lived Organic Light-emitting Diode Utilizing Exciplex-Triplet Energy Transfer and Its Application to White Lighting Panel Takahiro Ishisone
Satoshi Seo
Nobuharu Ohsawa
The Chemical Society of Japan.
2014 Display Innovation Award, Grand Prize Ultra High-Definition and Ultra Thin Flexible Organic Display Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd. Nikkei Business Publications, Inc.
2014 THOMSON REUTERS Top 100 Global Innovator Honoring the World Leaders in Innovation Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd. THOMSON REUTERS
2013 Medal with Dark Blue Ribbon Financial contribution for the good of the public Shunpei Yamazaki Cabinet Office
2013 27th Chunichi Industrial Technology Award, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Prize Mass production of LCD panel “IGZO” using oxide semiconductor Sharp Corporation
Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
Chunichi Shimbun Co., Ltd.
2013 FPD International 2013 Award, Outstanding Achievement Prize Flexible display, lighting, and battery using oxide semiconductor Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd. Nikkei Business Publications, Inc.
2013 THOMSON REUTERS Top 100 Global Innovator Honoring the World Leaders in Innovation Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd. THOMSON REUTERS
2013 2013 SSDM Paper Award Eight-bit CPU with Nonvolatile Registers Capable of Holding Data for 40 Days at 85℃ Using Crystalline In-Ga-Zn Oxide Thin Film Transistors T.Ohmaru et al.
Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
International Conference on Solid State Device and Materials (SSDM) Organizing Committee
2013 2013 Display of the Year Gold Award AQUOS PHONE ZETA SH-02E Sharp Corporation
Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
The Society for Information Display (SID)
2011 Best Poster Award Low Power 6.0-inch Extended Graphics Array Transmissive Liquid Crystal Display using Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide Semiconductor with Variable Frame Frequency S. Amano et al., SEL 2011 International Conference on Semiconductor Technology for Ultra Large Scale Integrated Circuits and Thin Film Transistors (ULSIC vs. TFT)
2011 THOMSON REUTERS Top 100 Global Innovator Honoring the World Leaders in Innovation Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd. THOMSON REUTERS
2010 National Commendation for Invention : Invention Prize Inventing a technique for preventing contamination of TFTs with a blocking structure Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
Shunpei Yamazaki
Yasuhiko Takemura
Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation(JIII)
2010 Okouchi Award : Okouchi Memorial Technology Award (Awarded with Sharp Corporation) Developing and practically implementing a liquid crystal panel integrated with peripheral circuits using high-performance crystalline silicon TFTs Sharp Corporation
Mikio Katayama
Hiroshi Yoneda
Masahiro Adachi

Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
Shunpei Yamazaki
Jun Koyama
Okouchi Memorial Foundation
2009 Medal with Dark Blue Ribbon Financial contribution for the good of the public Shunpei Yamazaki Cabinet Office
2009 Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology : Prizes for Science and Technology [Development Category] (Awarded with Sharp Corporation) Developing System LCD using high-performance crystalline thin-film transistors Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
Hideto Ohnuma
Koichiro Tanaka
Toru Takayama

Sharp Corporation
Akihiko Imaya
Naoki Makida
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
2009 Kanagawa Kirari Challenger Award: Special Grand Prize Developing and pursuing a unique business plan under his own future vision and achieving results Shunpei Yamazaki Kanagawa Prefectural Government
2009 AM-FPD 2009 Best Paper Award Amorphous In-Ga-Zn-Oxide TFTs with Suppressed Variation for 4.0 inch QVGA AMOLED Display H. Ohara et al., SEL AM-FPD 09
2009 Meritorious Mention Financial contribution for the good of the public Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd. Cabinet Office
2008 Medal with Dark Blue Ribbon Financial contribution for the good of the public Shunpei Yamazaki Cabinet Office
2007 National Commendation for Invention : Invention Prize Inventing a method for making high-performance crystalline thin-film transistors Koichiro Tanaka
Hideto Ohnuma
Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation (JIII)
2006 Local Commendation for Invention : Prize by Kanagawa branch of Institute Highly reliable semiconductor device with a blocking film Yasuhiko Takemura SID
2005 Medal with Dark Blue Ribbon Financial contribution for the good of the public Shunpei Yamazaki Cabinet Office
2004 Presidential Citation Arranging the generous gift by Semiconductor Energy Laboratory that will initiate the endowment of a new SID education award Shumpei Yamazaki SID
2004 Nikkan Manufacturing Awards : Grand Prize in Part Category (Awarded with TDK Corporation) Film solar battery Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
TDK Corporation
Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, Ltd.
2003 National Commendation for Invention : Encouragement and Distinguished Service Prize Contribution to the improvement of science technology and industry development Shumpei Yamazaki Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation
2003 Advanced Display of the Year : Excellent Prize [display/module section] (Awarded with Sharp Corporation) CG Silicon liquid crystal module for mobile Sharp Corporation
Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
The Selection Committee of the Advanced Display of the Year / Reed Exhibitions Japan Ltd.
2003 Meritorious Mention Financial contribution for the good of the public Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd. Cabinet Office
2003 Nikkei BP Technology Award [Consumer IT Sector] (Awarded with Sharp Corporation) Developing a liquid crystal panel “System LCD” using CG Silicon Sharp Corporation
Katsuhiro Kawai
Shigeto Yoshida
Yasufumi Yatsuzuka
Katsuji Nagai

Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
Masahiko Hayakawa
Hideto Ohnuma
Nikkei Business Publications, Inc.
2002 Performance Awards on Intellectual Property in 2002 Effectively utilizing Industrial Property Rights system Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd. Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry/Japan Patent Office
2002 Meritorious Mention Financial contribution for the good of the public Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd. Cabinet Office
2002 Meritorious Mention Financial contribution for the good of the public Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd. Cabinet Office
2001 Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Excellent New Technology and Products Award : Superior Award [technology/products section] TFT techniques for active-matrix organic EL panel Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd. The Asahi Foundation For Small And Medium Enterprise Promotion / Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun Ltd.
2000 2000 Display Product of the Year Silver Award 60-in. High-Definition Rear Projector Sharp Corporation
Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
The Society for Information Display (SID)
2000 Local Commendation for Invention : Prize by Kanagawa branch of Institute Sealing technique for the inlet of liquid crystal panel Kunio Kimura Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation (JIII)
2000 Advanced Display of the Year : Grand Prize [display/module section] (Awarded with Sharp Corporation) LCD High-Vision rear projector Sharp Corporation
Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
The Selection Committee of the Advanced Display of the Year / Science Communications International Corporation
2000 Notable Invention Award Method for manufacturing semiconductor devices Shunpei Yamazaki
Hisashi Ohtani
Tamae Takano
Science and Technology Agency
1999 Kanagawa High-Tech Grand-Prix Developing continuous grain silicon (CGS) semiconductor technology Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd. Kanagawa Prefectural Government / Kanagawa Shimbun
1999 Local Commendation for Invention : Prize by Kanagawa branch of Institute Technique for crystallizing amorphous silicon film Hisashi Ohtani
Akiharu Miyanaga
Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation (JIII)
1997 Medal with Purple Ribbon Innovation of MOS LSI element technology Shunpei Yamazaki Prime Minister's Office
1996 Medal with Dark Blue Ribbon Financial contribution for the good of the public Shunpei Yamazaki Prime Minister's Office
1995 Medal with Dark Blue Ribbon Financial contribution for the good of the public
(Donation for Japanese Red Cross Society)
Shunpei Yamazaki Prime Minister's Office
1993 Local Commendation for Invention : Invention Incentive Prize Columnar plasma CVD apparatus Mitsunori Sakama
Takeshi Fukada
Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation (JIII)
1990 Director Prize by the Science and Technology Agency The Development of MOS LSI Element Technology Shunpei Yamazaki Science and Technology Agency
1990 Asahi Solar Car Rally in Kobe : Outstanding Performance Award Southern Cross II Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd. The Asahi Shimbun Company / Asahi Broadcasting Corporation / Nikkan Sports News
1989 Asahi Solar Car Rally in Kobe : Stable Running Prize Southern Cross Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd. The Asahi Shimbun Company / Asahi Broadcasting Corporation / Nikkan Sports News
1985 Kato Memorial Award Contribution to advancement of semiconductor research and industry Shunpei Yamazaki Kato foundation for Promotion of Science
1984 Japanese Red Cross Society Golden Order of Merit Contribution to the Japanese Red Cross Society Shunpei Yamazaki The Japanese Red Cross Society
1984 Richard M. Fulrath Award The Studies on Metal-Insulator-Semiconductor Structures Shunpei Yamazaki The American Ceramic Society
1976 National Commendation for Invention : Invention Prize Invention of MIS field-effect semiconductor device Shunpei Yamazaki Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation

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