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SIA Urges President-Elect Trump to Support Policies that Promote Innovation

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on Dec 1, 2016 4:30:00 PM

SIA sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump this week outlining a series of policy recommendations to strengthen the U.S. semiconductor industry, American innovation, and our economy. SIA’s policy plan calls for investing in basic research, enacting pro-growth corporate tax reform, ensuring free and fair access to global markets, strengthening America’s technology workforce, and promoting advanced manufacturing.

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Remembering Semiconductor Industry Pioneer Erich Bloch, 1925-2016

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on Nov 30, 2016 11:30:00 AM

SIA and the entire semiconductor community are saddened by the recent passing of Erich Bloch, former vice president at IBM, director of the National Science Foundation, and founding chairman of the Semiconductor Research Corporation. Bloch passed away on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 at the age of 91.

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Government, Industry Leaders Discuss Steps to Strengthen U.S. Semiconductor Industry

Posted by Jimmy Goodrich, Vice President, Global Policy on Nov 2, 2016 4:30:00 PM

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker today gave a major policy address highlighting the strength and strategic importance of the U.S. semiconductor industry and outlining steps needed to ensure the industry remains strong and globally competitive. Following her remarks, SIA President & CEO John Neuffer and others continued the conversation with a panel discussion on the critical importance of the semiconductor sector to U.S. competitiveness and innovation.

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Topics: trade, research, china

New White House Group to Tackle Semiconductor Industry Challenges: Commerce Secretary Pritzker to Discuss Future of Industry on Wednesday

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on Oct 31, 2016 3:30:00 PM

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology (PCAST) today announced the launch of a new Semiconductor Working Group that will provide recommendations to PCAST to consider in its report to the President regarding current challenges facing the semiconductor industry, including the rapid rise of semiconductor capabilities abroad.

SIA welcomes this timely announcement, given new challenges facing the U.S. semiconductor industry, including unprecedented government investment programs from some countries and the increasing technological complexity involved in achieving new innovation breakthroughs. These developments have implications not only for the economy and society, but also national security. In fact, SIA earlier recommended the Administration form a public-private advisory group to help guide government policy related to improving the competitiveness of the U.S. semiconductor industry.

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Topics: trade, research

Tech Doubles Down on TPP

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on Sep 13, 2016 5:45:00 AM

Throughout the many months of heated political rhetoric on trade this election cycle, one constant has been the unwavering and full-throated support from America’s most innovative companies for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a landmark agreement that would tear down numerous barriers to trade with Pacific Rim countries. SIA and a coalition of tech leaders today reaffirmed their support for the TPP in a letter to congressional leaders, urging Congress to approve it before the end of the year.

The TPP would benefit the tech sector, the U.S. economy, and consumers the world over, and Congress should act swiftly to get it across the goal line in 2016.

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Topics: trade, TPP

Recognizing the U.S. Semiconductor Workforce this Labor Day

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Sep 2, 2016 10:00:00 AM

What better time than right before Labor Day to learn more about the U.S. semiconductor workforce, which is the backbone of an incredibly successful industry that manfactures the stuff upon which the entire digital economy rests? So before firing up the BBQ or heading out on your long weekend trip, let’s take a moment to discover more about workers in America’s most innovative industry.

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Topics: data, employment

DoD Announces Groundbreaking Policy to Stop Counterfeits

Posted by Dustin Todd, Director of Government Affairs on Aug 3, 2016 4:00:58 PM

The Department of Defense (DoD) yesterday issued a new regulation that will greatly reduce the risks of counterfeit microelectronics entering the military supply chain. SIA has long-sought changes to DoD procurement practices that lead to counterfeits and non-trustworthy microelectronics ending up in critical military systems. The new DoD rule marks a landmark victory in the effort to ensure the safety of semiconductor products in the military supply chain.  

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Topics: anticounterfeiting, anti-counterfeiting

White House Advances High-Performance Computing Initiative

Posted by Dustin Todd, Director of Government Affairs on Aug 2, 2016 2:00:00 PM

The White House last week released a new strategic plan to implement the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) – a supercomputing research effort – across government agencies. The plan calls for greater collaboration among industry, academia, and the government to build an ecosystem that will enable advancements in high-performance computing. 

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Topics: technology, research

How Are Mid-Year Semiconductor Sales Shaping Up?

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Jul 26, 2016 4:00:00 PM

Next week, SIA will release its June 2016 global sales report (GSR), which will include global semiconductor sales totals for the first half of 2016. As we approach the halfway point in semiconductor sales for 2016, how should we assess sales performance to date, what questions should we consider ahead of next week’s GSR release, and what should we look for in the second half?

To date, 2016 has been a challenging year for semiconductor sales, and global macroeconomic headwinds continue to hinder sales growth (read Brexit, slowing growth in many major economies, especially China). The table below shows monthly sales, on a three-month-moving average basis, through May (circled in red) compared with monthly sales tracking for the seven previous years. Monthly sales through May have been consistently lower than totals from both 2014 and 2015 through May.

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Topics: market, statistics, data

Congressional Research Arm Produces Report on the U.S. Chip Industry

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Jul 19, 2016 11:00:00 AM

A newly released report by a non-partisan research arm of Congress underscores how semiconductors’ economic and military importance has made the industry’s health a focus of congressional interest for nearly 70 years. The report, produced by the Congressional Research Service (CRS), details how the federal government played a key role in the creation and support of the U.S. semiconductor industry since World War II, including the co-funding of SEMATECH in the 1980s, as well as support for a wide array of semiconductor research activities. The report also notes Congress’s establishment in July 2015 of the Semiconductor Caucus, a congressional group that seeks to advance policies that support the U.S. semiconductor industry and our economy.

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Topics: market, statistics, data