SIA Blog

How U.S. Semiconductor Technology Strengthens our Military on the Battlefield

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Jan 28, 2016 1:00:00 PM

SIA frequently points out that semiconductors play a critical role in strengthening our country, including our national security. A concrete example comes from a new semiconductor developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) that gives our military a measurable advantage in one critical arena of the modern battlefield: electronic warfare.

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Topics: IoT, national security

Our 8-Point Plan to Advance Semiconductor Industry Priorities in 2016

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on Jan 19, 2016 3:30:00 PM

SIA has long championed federal policies that promote U.S. innovation, economic growth, and global competitiveness. Now that the 114th Congress has reached its midpoint and lawmakers have resumed legislative work in the new year, it’s a good time to assess the progress made in 2015 on some of the semiconductor industry’s policy priorities and the work that remains for 2016. [DOWNLOAD SIA'S 2016 POLICY PRIORITIES HERE] 

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Topics: IP, tax, trade, research, environment, anticounterfeiting, export, anti-counterfeiting, exports

Three Ways the TPP Strengthens the Semiconductor Industry

Posted by Devi Keller, Director, Global Policy on Jan 14, 2016 2:00:00 PM

SIA today testified at a hearing of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) about the critical importance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to the U.S. semiconductor industry and the U.S. economy. Our core message was that trade is vital to the semiconductor industry’s ability to compete, innovate, and grow. SIA highlighted three specific ways the TPP promotes trade and strengthens our industry. 

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Topics: trade, TPP

Tech Industry Echoes President’s Call for Congressional Approval of TPP

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on Jan 12, 2016 9:45:00 PM

During tonight’s State of the Union address, President Obama outlined a vision for America’s future that includes priorities of great significance to the tech industry. SIA applauds the President’s support for policies to advance U.S. innovation. We also strongly support his call for congressional approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), an enormous, landmark trade agreement that would strengthen the U.S. economy, bolster America’s global technology leadership, and help ensure the United States writes the rules for 21st Century trade. 

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Topics: trade, TPP

Nairobi Delivers ITA Expansion!

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on Dec 16, 2015 11:27:49 AM

NAIROBI -- At long last, the effort to expand the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) is now irreversibly bound for implementation July 1, 2016 after negotiators attending the 10th WTO Ministerial Conference in this capital city of Kenya reached final agreement on the phase-out periods for the 201 tariff lines covered by this landmark trade pact. The hard-fought outcome was announced this evening at a press conference at the Kenyatta International Conference Center, the venue for the ministerial event, and attended by WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo and several trade ministers.

Today’s $1.3 trillion deal represents a huge step forward for innovation and economic growth the world over. By eliminating tariffs on trade in tech products, it will spur global GDP growth an estimated $190 billion annually. Products covered by the agreement include MRI machines, GPS devices, solid state drives, video game consoles, loud speakers, video cameras, and sophisticated testing equipment. It also includes next-generation semiconductors known as MCOs and a wide assortment of other products that incorporate semiconductors. For the MCOs alone, tariff savings will amount to hundreds of millions of dollars annually.

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Topics: trade, ITA

Bipartisan Customs Bill Would Combat Counterfeit Semiconductors

Posted by Dustin Todd, Director of Government Affairs on Dec 11, 2015 2:30:00 PM

The House of Representatives today approved the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (H.R. 644/S.1269), legislation that would improve the processes in place for the movement of goods in and out of the United States. Earlier this week, SIA urged House and Senate leaders to approve this legislation and send it to the President to be signed into law. The Senate is expected to consider the legislation next week. 

As a direct result of the longstanding advocacy efforts of SIA and our members, the bipartisan Customs legislation includes a key provision that would combat counterfeit semiconductors, which pose significant risks to public safety and national security. The provision would require U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to share information and samples of suspect counterfeit parts, including counterfeit semiconductors, with rights holders.

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Topics: anti-counterfeiting

China Kicks ITA Expansion Negotiations to Nairobi

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on Dec 10, 2015 5:00:00 PM

After achieving significant progress this week to put the finishing touches on the three-year effort to expand the Information Technology Agreement (ITA), officials in Geneva were hoping the last big piece of the puzzle would fall into place today to get the negotiations completed before the WTO Ministerial Conference convenes in Nairobi next week.

That last piece would have been China submitting to the WTO a revised national tariff schedule of the products covered by the agreement and lifting its reservations on the schedules of a number of other parties to the negotiation. That was not to be. China did not budge an inch.

Trade ministers from around the world will now start getting on planes to make their way to Nairobi with the biggest, most likely deliverable for that troubled WTO trade powwow hanging in the balance.

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Topics: trade, ITA

SIA Welcomes Progress at U.S.-China Meeting on Semiconductor Issues

Posted by Jimmy Goodrich, Vice President, Global Policy on Nov 24, 2015 12:30:00 PM

SIA today welcomed commitments by the Chinese government to shed greater daylight on its ongoing efforts to significantly expand its indigenous semiconductor industry. During meetings of the U.S.-China Joint-Committee on Commerce & Trade (JCCT) this week, China said its semiconductor industry investments will be market-based and free from government intervention. The JCCT, which is led by the Secretary of Commerce and the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), concluded annual meetings today in Guangzhou, China.

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Topics: trade, china

Why the U.S. Military is Interested in the Internet of Things

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Nov 16, 2015 3:00:00 PM

If you have followed the semiconductor market in recent years, you are probably aware that the Internet of Things (IoT) is estimated to become a major market driver of semiconductor growth, with some forecasting future market growth in the multi-millions of dollars. Indeed, what makes the potential of the IoT market so exciting is that its growth seems to be limited only be one’s imagination of what types of “things” can be connected. However, there is one area that does not get much attention in terms of IoT growth and application: national defense.

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Topics: data, IoT

SIA Welcomes Release of Final Text of Trans-Pacific Partnership

Posted by Devi Keller, Director, Global Policy on Nov 5, 2015 3:30:00 PM

SIA today welcomed the public release of the final text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a landmark trade agreement that sets key parameters for trade in the digital economy of the 21st Century. The TPP has the potential to strengthen the U.S. semiconductor industry, the broader tech sector, and the global economy. 

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Topics: trade