SIA Blog

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.


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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.

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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.

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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. 


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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.

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Topics: trade, ITA

SIA Outlines NAFTA Modernization Priorities

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Jun 28, 2017 2:30:00 PM

As the Trump Administration considers renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), SIA is focused on ensuring semiconductor industry priorities are maintained and strengthened in any new agreement. To that end, SIA today testified at a public hearing before the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) regarding NAFTA modernization.

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Topics: trade, policy, NAFTA

Semiconductors and Tech Feature Prominently at Summit on the Economy

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Jun 9, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Earlier this week, I attended the 7th Annual Summit on the Economy in Washington, D.C., an all-day conference which brings together notable policymakers and economists to do some big thinking on the current and future state of the economy. 

While topics were far-ranging, from addressing the challenges of workers and communities left behind to the future of capitalism, I was struck by how pervasive the theme of tech’s key role in the economy was throughout the conference. For example, during a panel discussion addressing whether U.S. innovation and dynamism are in decline, one of the panelists, Evan Burfield of 1776, observed tech has “eaten the whole economy, and it is the economy now.” During another panel on the future of work, one of the central themes was how innovation is rapidly reshaping how we work.

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Topics: policy

The 2017 SIA Factbook: Your Top Source for Semiconductor Industry Data

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Jun 8, 2017 5:00:00 PM

Quick, where can you find out A) the size of the global semiconductor market in 2016 (answer: $339 billion), B) U.S. semiconductor industry market share in 2016 (answer: 48 percent), and C) the top end market for semiconductors in 2016 (answer: communication products) all in one place? Answer: These data points and many more are now available in the recently released 2017 SIA Factbook


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Topics: statistics

Tech, Government Leaders Highlight Benefits of Information Technology Agreement

Posted by Devi Keller, Director, Global Policy on Jun 7, 2017 4:30:00 PM

SIA President & CEO John Neuffer and other leaders from industry, government and academia participated in a panel discussion this week on the benefits of the WTO Information Technology Agreement (ITA), a pioneering trade pact that eliminates tariffs on hundreds of high-tech products, from semiconductors to smart phones. Panelists highlighted the ITA’s key role in spurring productivity, innovation, and economic growth, while promoting prosperity and higher standards of living through increased access and affordability of transformational technologies.

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Topics: trade, ITA

Semiconductor Industry to Continue Action on Climate Change

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Jun 7, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Although President Trump announced last week that the U.S. will depart from the Paris climate agreement, the semiconductor industry will continue to take action to address climate change and promote environmental sustainability. The semiconductor industry has a long record of success in this area, including the following initiatives:

1. Reporting and Reducing Emissions of PFCs – Since the 1990s, the semiconductor industry has voluntarily reported on emissions of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), a group of global warming gases that are essential to the manufacturing of advanced semiconductors, and this reporting is now codified in U.S. regulation. Although the industry accounts for only 0.18-percent of total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from industrial sources in the U.S. and only 0.063-percent of all GHG emission sources (based on 2015 data, the latest year available), the industry has implemented voluntary action to reduce emissions of these gases.  

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Topics: environment