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What End Use Applications Drove Semiconductor Sales in 2014?

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Mar 18, 2015 10:30:00 AM

The World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization recently published its annual Semiconductor End-Use Report for 2014, which breaks down sales by end-use and regional end-market for a wide variety of semiconductor products. The figure below shows the six major semiconductor end applications by percent share of total semiconductor end sales for 2014.

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Topics: end use report, sales

Myths vs. Facts: Setting the Record Straight on Immigration

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Mar 17, 2015 1:30:00 PM

When it comes to the immigration debate in Washington, too often the facts get lost in the rhetoric. To set the record straight on immigration, SIA and a group of 18 other industry leaders have developed a document titled "Debunking the Myth that Immigration Harms America." The document, which was presented today at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee, examines and discredits a series of common misconceptions about immigration. 

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Topics: immigration, workforce

UN Should Not Prohibit Use of Chemicals Vital to Semiconductor Manufacturing

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Mar 10, 2015 1:00:00 PM

At a meeting in Vienna, Austria this week, a United Nations commission will decide whether to restrict the use of two chemicals of critical importance to the semiconductor industry under an international drug control agreement. In comments to the U.S. government, SIA outlined its strong opposition to the restriction of these chemicals and urged U.S. representatives to vote against it. SIA also has urged other governments to oppose this listing, and we have received support from the other semiconductor associations that are part of the World Semiconductor Council (WSC).

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Topics: environment, materials, chemicals

Semiconductor Industry Primer: The Stages of Production and Business Models

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Feb 25, 2015 2:00:00 PM

[Note: This is part one of a series on the semiconductor manufacturing process and the associated industry business models.]

Often, I am asked by people new to the semiconductor industry how semiconductors are made. While the science and engineering behind how semiconductors are made is akin to modern day alchemy and the process is quite complicated, I try to answer this question by outlining the three basic stages of semiconductor production and describing how semiconductor firms choose to participate in this production process.

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Topics: semiconductors 101

New Immigration Policy Will Increase Access to Talent, Strengthen U.S. Semiconductor Industry

Posted by Dustin Todd, Director of Government Affairs on Feb 24, 2015 6:30:00 PM

In a meaningful, incremental step forward in the effort to reform America’s high-skilled immigration system, the Obama Administration today announced a new regulation that will allow spouses of certain high-skilled immigrants working in the U.S. to apply for work authorization of their own. This common sense initiative will increase companies’ access to the world’s top talent and help spur growth in the U.S. semiconductor industry and our economy, but additional high-skilled immigration reform is urgently needed.

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Topics: Counterfeit semiconductors, immigration

Tech Leaders Urge Congress to Swiftly Enact Trade Promotion Authority to Strengthen Economy, Open Markets

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on Feb 12, 2015 11:00:00 AM

SIA and a coalition of technology leaders today urged Congress to approve Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation, which would help the United States negotiate and finalize key trade agreements that will lower tariffs, boost U.S. exports and create jobs:

“TPA gives the U.S. one voice on trade … [It] strengthens our country's negotiating position and provides our negotiating partners the confidence they need to give us their best offers – resulting in the strongest possible agreements for American businesses and workers.”

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Topics: trade

How Did the Global Semiconductor Market Reach Record Sales in 2014?

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Feb 6, 2015 2:00:00 PM

Last November, when I wrote about industry sales through the third quarter of 2014, I said that it was hard to envision final 2014 sales not being the highest annually on record and that a more interesting question to consider was whether final 2014 annual sales would surpass the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics’ (WSTS) forecast at the time of 6.5 percent growth, which WSTS later revised to 9.0 percent growth.

As the final 2014 Global Sales Report revealed earlier this week, 2014 annual sales were indeed record-breaking at $335.8 billion, and annual growth did indeed surpass not just WSTS’s old forecast of 6.5 percent but also its revised forecast of 9.0 percent, coming in at 9.9 percent. Besides the annual year-over-year record sales increase in 2014, quarterly year-over-year and monthly year-over-year (December) sales also grew by 9.3 percent each.

The table below compares 2014 monthly global semiconductor sales totals (on a three-month moving average) with monthly sales totals from 2009 through 2013. From the start to the end of 2014, monthly sales were consistently ahead of the pace set in each of the previous five years. [Source: World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) data]

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Topics: GSR

Implementation of Trade Facilitation Agreement Inches Closer Following U.S. Letter of Acceptance

Posted by Devi Keller, Director, Global Policy on Jan 27, 2015 2:00:00 PM

SIA welcomes the news that U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman formally delivered the United States’ letter of acceptance of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) to the WTO Director in Davos, Switzerland on Friday. Delivery of the letter was a welcome final step in U.S. acceptance of the Agreement.

The TFA will enter into force once two-thirds of the WTO’s 160 Members have completed their domestic legal procedures and submit letters of acceptance. So far, three Members have submitted letters: Hong Kong, Singapore, and the United States.

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Topics: trade

SIA Commends Introduction of Bipartisan I-Squared Act to Reform High-Skilled Immigration System

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Jan 20, 2015 1:00:00 PM

SIA last week sent a letter to Senate leaders in support of the Immigration Innovation Act of 2015 (I-Squared Act), legislation introduced last week by a bipartisan group of senators led by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn).

“The I-Squared Act would strengthen the U.S. economy and promote innovation by making important improvements to the H1-B program and the green card program,” wrote SIA president and CEO Brian Toohey. “These necessary reforms will help spur innovation and create thousands of high paying manufacturing and research jobs here in America.”

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Topics: immigration

What’s the Outlook for Semiconductor Industry Priorities in the New Congress?

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Jan 5, 2015 10:30:00 AM

As we prepare for the official start of the 114th Congress on Jan. 6, it’s a good time to assess the election results and the landscape for semiconductor industry priorities in the new Congress.

The most notable change in Washington from the 2014 elections is that Republicans gained the majority in the U.S. Senate for the first time since 2007. Republicans also expanded their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, meaning Congress is now more solidly Republican than it has been at any time during the Obama presidency.

Given these changes, here’s the outlook for several of the industry’s top policy priorities in the 114th Congress:

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Topics: immigration, IP, tax, trade, research, patent reform, intellectual property, patents