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One-Year Extension of R&D Credit is Progress, but Congress Has More Work to Do

Posted by Joe Pasetti, Director, Government Affairs on Dec 17, 2014 4:00:00 PM

On Dec. 16, the Senate approved legislation that provides a one-year, retroactive extension of the R&D tax credit, as well as an extension of bonus depreciation and the CFC look-thru rule, all of which lapsed at the end of 2013. The House passed this bill on Dec. 3 and it will soon be signed into law.

While SIA supports this legislation, ensuring that research expenses for 2014 will be eligible for the credit, we are disappointed that the bill did not enhance the incentive nor extend the credit for longer than a few weeks going forward. SIA continues to advocate for a permanent extension of an enhanced R&D credit, which enjoys widespread bipartisan support in Congress.

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Topics: tax, research

The Benefits of Including Multi-Component Semiconductors in an Expanded Information Technology Agreement

Posted by Devi Keller, Deputy Director, Global Policy on Dec 8, 2014 10:30:00 AM

Following a key breakthrough between China and the United States on the sidelines of the APEC Leaders meeting in Beijing in November, negotiators have returned to Geneva to resume, and hopefully conclude, an expanded Information Technology Agreement that extends duty-free coverage to approximately 200 new technology product lines.

Included on this list of new products are next generation semiconductors known as multicomponent semiconductors (MCOs). MCOs are the latest evolution in semiconductor technology driven by consumer demand for greater functionality, performance, and miniaturization. Simply put, an MCO is a single semiconductor device that performs complex or multiple functions previously done by two or more semiconductor devices, thanks to a variety of components integrated into a single unit.

Duty-free treatment for MCOs via ITA expansion has been a top priority for the global semiconductor industry for many years. Eliminating tariffs on MCOs will save the global semiconductor industry $150-300 million in tariffs annually, with this number only set to grow as global consumer demand for MCOs grows.

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Topics: MCO, trade

Semiconductor Industry Forecasts Broad and Sustained Sales Growth for 2015

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Dec 5, 2014 10:30:00 AM

This year is not yet complete, and analysts are already considering the outlook for 2015! Such is the case for our industry, which is known for always looking ahead, right?

Given that the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) program released its Fall semiconductor industry forecast earlier this month on December 2, it seems appropriate now to contemplate the 2015 forecast and what it means. 

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Topics: future

What is a Multi-Component Semiconductor (MCO)?

Posted by Devi Keller, Deputy Director, Global Policy on Dec 3, 2014 10:30:00 AM

Following a key breakthrough between China and the United States on the sidelines of the APEC Leaders meeting in Beijing in November, negotiators return to Geneva tomorrow to resume, and hopefully conclude, an expanded Information Technology Agreement that extends duty-free coverage to approximately 200 new technology product lines, including next-generation semiconductors known as multi-component semiconductors (MCOs).

But what exactly is an MCO? This article is intended to explain the what, why, how, and who of MCOs.

WHAT

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Topics: MCO

Semiconductor Industry Reaction to President's Announcement on Immigration

Posted by Brian Toohey, SIA President and CEO on Nov 21, 2014 8:00:00 AM

For too long, America’s broken high-skilled immigration system has been an obstacle to U.S. innovation, job creation and economic growth. SIA has long advocated for increasing the number of green cards available to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) graduates and expanding the H-1B visa program. Unfortunately, the divisive politics of the broader immigration debate have trumped good policy, and American businesses have suffered as a result.  

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Topics: immigration, workforce

SIA Award Dinner Caps Successful Week for Semiconductor Industry

Posted by Dan Rosso, Communications Manager on Nov 18, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Last week was a busy and highly productive one for SIA and our members.  

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Topics: trade, ITA, SIA Award Dinner

Semiconductor Market Continues Record Setting Pace in Third Quarter of 2014

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Nov 7, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Third quarter global semiconductor industry sales reached a record high of $87 billion, as reported earlier this week in SIA’s most recent monthly global sales report. This figure marked a 5.7 percent increase over the second quarter global sales totals.

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Topics: sales, GSR

SIA China IP Priorities Raised at Roundtable with China Intellectual Property Rights Center

Posted by Devi Keller, Deputy Director, Global Policy on Oct 29, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Last Friday, SIA and several other U.S. high tech industry association representatives participated in a roundtable dialogue with Director Zhao Tianwu and other officials from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) Electronics Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Center. The MIIT Electronics IPR Center is highly influential in shaping Chinese policy on matters such as the relationship between IPR and competition law, patents and standards setting, and IPR in the court system.

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Topics: IP, china

Global Semiconductor Industry Urges Governments to Prevent Restrictions on Encryption Technology

Posted by Devi Keller, Deputy Director, Global Policy on Oct 15, 2014 10:00:00 AM

This week, semiconductor industry representatives from around the world will meet in Fukuoka, Japan to deliver recommendations to global governments on a range of trade issues at the 15th annual Governments/Authorities Meeting on Semiconductors (GAMS). 

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Topics: trade, encryption, WSC

SIA White Paper: Semiconductor Industry Has Grown U.S. Economy through Innovation

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Oct 10, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Sixty-four years ago this month, the U.S. Patent Office issued a patent to three semiconductor pioneers for the transistor, the building block for semiconductor innovation. Since then, the U.S. semiconductor industry has continued to innovate at an impressive rate, thus contributing significantly to U.S. economic growth. In fact, a recently published SIA white paper concludes that the U.S. semiconductor industry has accounted for 30 percent of all economic growth due to innovation in the United States between 1960-2007.    

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Topics: white papers, technology, innovation, economy