SIA Blog

Semiconductor Caucus Calls on Congress to Prioritize R&D Investments

Posted by Josh Shiode, Director, Government Affairs on Dec 7, 2017 2:30:00 PM

As Congress works toward finalizing funding for fiscal year 2018, the Co-Chairs of the Congressional Semiconductor Caucus – Sens. James Risch (R-Idaho) and Angus King (I-Maine) and Reps. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) – have urged leaders of the congressional Appropriations Committees to prioritize “investments in research and development (R&D) that contribute to advancing the state of the art in semiconductors.”

Read More

Topics: research

Foreign-Derived Deduction, AMT Repeal Top SIA Priorities for Tax Conference

Posted by Joe Pasetti, Senior Director, Government Affairs on Dec 6, 2017 4:30:00 PM

With both the House and Senate having passed sweeping tax reform bills recently, a conference committee is expected to convene soon to reconcile differences in the respective bills and set forth final legislation to be approved by Congress and sent to the President for signature. In a letter to House and Senate leaders, SIA yesterday offered its priority recommendations for the final bill.

Read More

Topics: tax, R&D tax credit, tax reform

Agreement on Regional Support Guidelines Headlines Meeting of Global Semiconductor Industry, Governments

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Nov 20, 2017 2:30:00 PM

Free and open markets and transparency are critical to the success of the global semiconductor industry. Earlier this month, governments from the major semiconductor-producing regions agreed to support industry-adopted guidelines and best practices for communicating about regional support programs in the industry. Regional support refers to government-led industrial policies aimed at promoting domestic semiconductor sectors.

Read More

Topics: trade

Coalition Highlights Importance of Trade Secrets Protection

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Nov 9, 2017 11:00:00 AM

SIA and a coalition of business, technology, and manufacturing leaders this week sent a letter to United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer to highlight the importance of strong international trade secret protections that boost the competitiveness of U.S. companies and workers. Trade secrets are valuable intellectual property vital to continued growth and innovation in the U.S. semiconductor industry and throughout our economy. 

Read More

Topics: IP, patents

Budget Approval Paves Way for Much-Needed Corporate Tax Reform

Posted by Joe Pasetti, Senior Director, Government Affairs on Oct 26, 2017 1:30:00 PM

The House voted today to approve a budget resolution agreed to by the Senate last week, clearing the way for congressional consideration of legislation to reform America’s outdated corporate tax code. SIA urges policymakers in Washington to seize this opportunity and enact corporate tax reform that allows U.S. semiconductor companies to continue to grow and innovate here at home.

Read More

Topics: tax, R&D tax credit

SIA Calls for National Strategy to Spur Internet of Things

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Oct 3, 2017 12:30:00 PM

At a forum on Capitol Hill earlier today, SIA and other tech and business leaders called for a national strategy to harness the immense potential of the Internet of Things (IoT), the semiconductor-enabled network of devices connected to the cloud from which data can be collected and analyzed, and to ensure U.S. leadership in this burgeoning technology.

SIA President & CEO John Neuffer, along with representatives from the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and semiconductor industry leaders Intel and Samsung, highlighted the release today of a report outlining the steps policymakers in Washington should take to realize the transformative benefits of the IoT across countless applications. These applications include wearables, smart homes, medical electronics, industrial automation, connected cars, smart cities, and many more. Semiconductors are a key enabling technology for the IoT.


Read More

Topics: research, IoT

DARPA Rolls Out $75 Million in New Semiconductor Research Investments

Posted by Josh Shiode on Sep 15, 2017 4:00:00 PM

This week, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) launched a new program called the Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) that includes $75 million in new semiconductor research investments. The new investments are in addition to current programs in semiconductor R&D – including the Joint University Microelectronics Program, or JUMP – for a total of $216 million in investments for FY 2018 alone.

Read More

Topics: research, budget

How Have First-Half 2017 Semiconductor Sales Performed?

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Jul 31, 2017 2:30:00 PM


Later this week, SIA will release its June 2017 global sales report (GSR), which will include global semiconductor sales totals for the first half of 2017. As the midpoint approaches, this is a good time to assess sales performance to date, as well as to consider what to look for leading into the second half of 2017.

To date, 2017 has been an historically strong year for semiconductor sales. The table below shows monthly sales, on a three-month-moving average basis, through May (circled in red) compared with monthly sales for the eight previous years. Monthly sales in 2017 through May have been consistently higher than totals from any previous year. Barring a major sales downturn in June, first-half sales will almost certainly exceed first-half performance from any previous year.

Read More

Topics: statistics

The 2017 SIA Databook: Your Source for Comprehensive Semiconductor Industry and Market Data

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Jul 26, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Where can you find just about any data point on the semiconductor industry and market? Answer: the 2017 SIA Databook, which is now available! Complete with tons of data on the global semiconductor market, the U.S. semiconductor industry, and the top end markets for semiconductors in 2016, the 2017 SIA Databook is your go-to comprehensive resource for all things semiconductors. 


Read More

Topics: statistics

Cheers to 20 Years of the ITA

Posted by Devi Keller, Director, Global Policy on Jun 29, 2017 2:30:00 PM

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Information Technology Agreement (ITA), a groundbreaking trade pact that eliminates tariffs on hundreds of high-tech products, from semiconductors to smart phones. During a keynote address yesterday at a WTO Symposium in Geneva marking the ITA’s 20th anniversary, SIA President and CEO John Neuffer highlighted the ITA’s tremendous benefits and urged more countries to join the agreement.

Read More

Topics: trade, ITA