SIA Blog

White House Budget Contains DoD Investments Poised to Strengthen Semiconductor Research

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on May 23, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Semiconductors, the brains of modern electronics, are integral to America’s economic, technological, and military infrastructure. Funding increases for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and other Defense Department agencies outlined in the White House budget proposal unveiled today would strengthen long-range semiconductor research, enhance the U.S. semiconductor industry’s positive impacts on our country, and bolster national security. SIA applauds these research investments and looks forward to working with Congress and the Administration to ensure their enactment. 

We are disappointed, however, in proposed cuts to other critical research agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science. We encourage the Administration and Congress to prioritize research investments at these agencies, which have spurred tremendous growth and innovation in our industry and throughout the U.S. economy.

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Topics: research, budget

New Study Shows ITA Bridging Digital Divide

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on May 22, 2017 11:30:00 AM

As the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) turns 20 this year, a think tank in Washington, D.C. today released an important new report on the wide-ranging economic benefits of this pioneering trade pact to developing countries. Co-authored by Stephen Ezell and John Wu of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), the study does a deep dive on the impact joining the ITA would have on six economies in various stages of economic development – Argentina, Cambodia, Chile, Kenya, Pakistan, and South Africa.


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Topics: trade, ITA

Sustaining America’s Consistent Trade Surplus in Semiconductors

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

Despite the forces of globalization that have pulled so much manufacturing overseas, the United States is still the worldwide leader of the semiconductor industry, capturing nearly half of the global market. Indeed, the U.S. is home to a robust semiconductor manufacturing and design sector and has consistently maintained a trade surplus in semiconductors for at least the past 20 years. These facts, and the underlying trends driving them, are the focus of written comments SIA submitted yesterday to the U.S. government in response to an examination of U.S. trade deficits.


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Topics: trade

Semiconductors Remain Export Leader for U.S. in 2016

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Mar 29, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Semiconductors continue to be a huge export for the United States, fueling jobs, economic growth, and innovation at home. According to recently released government trade data for 2016, the value of U.S. semiconductor exports in 2016 totaled $43.1 billion, the third-highest of any manufactured U.S. export product. Strong domestic production combined with large foreign markets led to semiconductors ranking as one of America’s leading exports in 2016.    

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Topics: trade, statistics, exports

U.S. Semiconductor Firms Top List of Patent Recipients in 2016

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Mar 23, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Five of the top fifteen U.S. corporate patent recipients in 2016 were U.S. semiconductor companies, equaling the number of firms ranked in the top 15 in 2015. These figures are based on an analysis of new data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. See table below. 

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Topics: IP, research, patents

End-Use Products that Drove Semiconductor Sales in 2016

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Mar 14, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Communications and PCs/computers remained the top semiconductor markets by end use in 2016. At the same time, automotive and industrial end markets continued their strong growth path. This is according to the recently released World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) 2016 Semiconductor End-Use Report, which details sales by end use and regional end market for a wide variety of semiconductor products. The figure below shows the major semiconductor end applications’ share of total semiconductor sales for 2016.

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Topics: end use report, sales

Huge Win for Global Trade with Ratification of Trade Facilitation Agreement

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on Feb 22, 2017 10:15:00 AM

Global trade just got a whole lot easier today with announcement by the World Trade Organization (WTO) of the successful ratification of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), a landmark 164-country deal that will lower costs for consumers and promote growth in economies big and small the world over. The semiconductor industry has long advocated for TFA ratification and SIA enthusiastically applauds today’s announcement.     

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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