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Sen. Hatch’s Innovation Agenda Would Strengthen U.S. Semiconductor Industry

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Feb 16, 2017 6:30:00 PM

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), chairman of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force, today unveiled his innovation agenda for the 115th Congress during an event at the U.S. Capitol. Many of the initiatives highlighted in Sen. Hatch’s plan align closely with the U.S. semiconductor industry’s policy priorities, including reforming America’s corporate tax system, investing in basic research, protecting intellectual property (IP), strengthening America’s tech workforce, and promoting the burgeoning Internet of Things (IoT). Advancing these initiatives would strengthen the U.S. semiconductor industry, the broader tech sector, and our economy. We applaud Sen. Hatch for his longstanding leadership on tech priorities.

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Topics: immigration, IP, tax, research, STEM, IoT

Our 2017 Policy Plan to Spur U.S. Semiconductor Industry Growth and Innovation

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on Feb 2, 2017 12:30:00 PM

With the presidential inauguration behind us and the 115th Congress now underway, SIA is focused on working with the Trump Administration and Congress to enact policies that will strengthen the U.S. semiconductor industry, the broader tech sector, and our economy. The unifying goal of our 8-point policy plan, outlined below, is to promote U.S. job creation, economic growth, and innovation, and to allow American businesses to compete on a more level playing field with our competitors abroad.  

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SIA Welcomes White House Report on Sustaining U.S. Semiconductor Leadership

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on Jan 6, 2017 11:00:00 AM

SIA today welcomed the release of a new report by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology (PCAST) Semiconductor Working Group outlining the strategic importance of the U.S. semiconductor industry and the challenges that must be overcome to ensure continued U.S. leadership of semiconductor technology. SIA thanks the distinguished members of the PCAST Semiconductor Working Group for their diligence in developing this report.

We completely agree with the report's assertions that: 1) “The only way to retain leadership is to outpace the competition,” and 2) “to maintain a strong and globally competitive semiconductor industry, the United States needs an economic and policy environment that fosters innovation and keeps the U.S. industry at the technological frontier.” To that end, the report suggests a number of policy prescriptions aimed at doubling down on funding for basic research critical to innovation, reforming corporate tax laws, and growing the talent pool. To advance this work, the report recommends a three-pillar strategy, as highlighted in the accompanying letter to the President from PCAST co-chairs John Holdren and Eric Lander, to “(i) push back against innovation-inhibiting Chinese industrial policy, (ii) improve the business environment for U.S.-based semiconductor producers, and (iii) help catalyze transformative semiconductor innovation over the next decade.”

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Topics: trade, research

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