SIA Blog

Patching Hardware Vulnerabilities Is Harder than You May Think

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on May 18, 2018 3:00:00 PM

If you unlocked your smart phone right now, how many of your apps would need updating? Patches and updates are a regular part of our connected lives. But imagine if every update required you to work with the app maker, phone service provider, phone manufacturer, phone operating system provider, and the dozen or so semiconductor companies that make the electronics in your phone to figure out how to patch the app on your uniquely configured device. 

Addressing hardware vulnerabilities requires just this kind of broad collaboration across a huge range of unique environments, usually without the same direct access to end-users that app and software developers enjoy. With all the complexity involved in creating and distributing mitigations for hardware vulnerabilities, it is no surprise the time to develop updates in this arena can be more than the three months usually given to software companies to create fixes. 

The big point here is that semiconductor companies that make the brains behind all our modern electronics often face a more challenging situation.

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Topics: IP, product security

SIA Participates in Unveiling of New Report Detailing the Development of the Semiconductor Industry in New York’s Capital Region

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on May 10, 2018 3:00:00 PM

Earlier this week, SIA president and CEO, John Neuffer, delivered opening remarks at an event commemorating the unveiling of key findings from a new report on how the semiconductor industry has transformed the New York Capital Region. The report, which was authored by Professor Dr. Charles Wessner of Georgetown University and Thomas Howell, describes in detail how the state of New York, over several decades and numerous governors of both parties, has revitalized the economy of its Capital Region, creating a center for semiconductor research and manufacturing which is today known as “Tech Valley.”

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Topics: research, economy, manufacturing

SIA Provides Input to Government on Priorities for Advanced Manufacturing in the U.S.

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Mar 19, 2018 3:00:00 PM

SIA submitted comments to the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) earlier this month on the development of its National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing. OSTP sought guidance on improving government coordination and on long-term guidance for Federal programs and activities in support of United States manufacturing competitiveness, including advanced manufacturing research and development. 

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Topics: trade

Industry Groups Call for Pakistan to Join Information Technology Agreement

Posted by Devi Keller, Director, Global Policy on Mar 7, 2018 10:30:00 AM

A coalition of U.S. and Pakistan business organizations, led by SIA and the U.S.-Pakistan Business Council, have sent a letter to Prime Minister Shahid Abbasi of Pakistan urging the Pakistan government to join the WTO Information Technology Agreement (ITA) and ITA expansion. The letter is part of a broader global industry push to expand the number of participants in these important trade agreements, which through tariff-elimination have enormously benefited consumers, companies, and economies the world over.

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Topics: trade

Our 2018 Policy Plan to Drive U.S. Semiconductor Industry Growth and Innovation

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on Jan 31, 2018 1:30:00 PM

During last night’s State of the Union Address, President Trump highlighted achievements from his first year in office and laid out his policy agenda for 2018. The President touched on a range of issues, including some of great significance to the U.S. semiconductor industry, such as tax, trade, and immigration. Moving forward, SIA remains focused on working with the Trump Administration and Congress to advance policies that will strengthen the U.S. semiconductor industry, the broader tech sector, and our economy. The unifying objective of our 8-point policy plan, outlined below, is to promote U.S. economic growth and innovation, while allowing American businesses to compete on a more level playing field with our competitors abroad.  


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Topics: immigration, IP, tax, trade, research, environment, export, exports

SIA Applauds Introduction of I-Squared Act to Improve High-Skilled Immigration System

Posted by Josh Shiode, Director, Government Affairs on Jan 26, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) this week introduced S. 2344, the Immigration Innovation Act (I-Squared Act), legislation that would make needed reforms to America’s broken high-skilled immigration system. SIA supports the I-Squared Act and urges Congress to approve it.

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Topics: immigration, workforce

SIA Applauds New DARPA Investments in JUMP Centers

Posted by Josh Shiode, Director, Government Affairs on Jan 24, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Building on more than a decade of collaborations, DARPA and the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) have announced the next phase of their partnership to advance semiconductor technologies that will help strengthen our national security. The partners kicked off their new Joint University Microelectronics Program (JUMP) with the launch of six new research centers led by leading U.S. universities.

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Topics: research

SIA Joins Coalition in Support of H-4 Visa Rule

Posted by Josh Shiode, Director, Government Affairs on Jan 19, 2018 4:15:00 PM

SIA and a coalition of 10 other business and tech advocacy groups this week voiced their support for the H-4 Visa Rule, which allows spouses of certain H-1B visa holders to work in the United States. In a letter to Lee Francis Cissna, Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the groups urged the Trump Administration to maintain this important program because of its benefits to the American economy.

“Individuals looking to obtain H-4 authorization already legally reside in the United States and are on the path to permanent residency,” the letter states. “They are also eager to work in order to support their families, contribute to their communities by paying taxes, and utilize their skills to help the U.S. economy grow.”

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Topics: immigration, workforce

Semiconductor Caucus Calls on Congress to Prioritize R&D Investments

Posted by Josh Shiode, Director, Government Affairs on Dec 7, 2017 2:30:00 PM

As Congress works toward finalizing funding for fiscal year 2018, the Co-Chairs of the Congressional Semiconductor Caucus – Sens. James Risch (R-Idaho) and Angus King (I-Maine) and Reps. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) – have urged leaders of the congressional Appropriations Committees to prioritize “investments in research and development (R&D) that contribute to advancing the state of the art in semiconductors.”

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Topics: research

Foreign-Derived Deduction, AMT Repeal Top SIA Priorities for Tax Conference

Posted by Joe Pasetti, Senior Director, Government Affairs on Dec 6, 2017 4:30:00 PM

With both the House and Senate having passed sweeping tax reform bills recently, a conference committee is expected to convene soon to reconcile differences in the respective bills and set forth final legislation to be approved by Congress and sent to the President for signature. In a letter to House and Senate leaders, SIA yesterday offered its priority recommendations for the final bill.

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Topics: tax, R&D tax credit, tax reform