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SIA White Paper: Facts about Semiconductor Manufacturing

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Aug 27, 2015 2:00:00 PM

A newly published SIA white paper affirms that U.S. semiconductor companies do the majority of their manufacturing in the United States, and semiconductors are one of America’s top manufactured exports, behind only aircraft and automobiles. 

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Topics: white papers, data, manufacturing

Remembering Semiconductor Industry Leader Thomas Hinkelman, 1925-2015

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on Aug 26, 2015 12:45:00 PM

SIA and the entire semiconductor community are deeply saddened by the recent passing of Thomas David Hinkelman, one of the first leaders of SIA and a true semiconductor industry champion.

Tom served as SIA’s Executive Director from 1977-1985, helping guide the association and our industry through a period of great transition and growth. He later served as the first Administrator of the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization. Throughout his career, Tom worked with other industry leaders to prioritize semiconductor market data and raise the industry’s profile domestically and around the world.

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SIA White Paper: U.S. Semiconductor Industry is America's Most Innovative Manufacturing Industry

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Aug 13, 2015 3:00:00 PM

The U.S. semiconductor industry is America's most innovative manufacturing industry and ranks near the top in terms of overall competitiveness, according to a newly published SIA white paper. Based in part on a methodology used by the United Nations to rank the economic competitiveness of nations, the white paper finds that the U.S. semiconductor industry ranks first out of 288 U.S. industries in terms of innovation and second in overall competitiveness. 

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Topics: white papers, innovation, data

The 2015 SIA Factbook: Your Source for Semiconductor Industry and Market Data

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Aug 6, 2015 3:15:00 PM

What U.S. industry spends a higher share of sales on research and development than any other U.S. industry? What U.S. industry had a sales-revenue-per-employee ratio in 2014 of $667,000, the highest level in its history and among the highest of any U.S. industry? What U.S. industry directly employs a quarter of a million workers in the United States and is responsible for indirectly employing one million additional U.S. workers? The U.S. semiconductor industry, of course! 

These facts and graphics -- and many others -- are now available for free in the recently completed 2015 SIA Factbook.

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Topics: market, sales, data

White House Launches Initiative to Strengthen U.S. Leadership in Supercomputing

Posted by Dustin Todd, Director of Government Affairs on Jul 31, 2015 10:00:00 AM

President Obama this week issued an executive order launching a new supercomputing research initiative called the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI), which aims to maintain and strengthen U.S. leadership in leading-edge computing technology. The NSCI calls for government, industry, and academia to collaborate on research, development, and deployment of high-performance computing (HPC):

“Maximizing the benefits of HPC in the coming decades will require an effective national response to increasing demands for computing power, emerging technological challenges and opportunities, and growing economic dependency on and competition with other nations. This national response will require a cohesive, strategic effort within the Federal Government and a close collaboration between the public and private sectors.”

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Topics: technology, research

How are Semiconductor Sales Shaping up for the First Half of 2015?

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Jul 30, 2015 12:30:00 PM

Next Monday, SIA will release its June 2015 global sales report (GSR), which will include global semiconductor sales totals for the first half (H1) of 2015. As we approach the halfway point, how should we assess semiconductor sales thus far, and what questions should we consider ahead of next week’s GSR release?

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Topics: market, sales, data

Thailand Gives ITA Expansion "Critical Mass"

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on Jul 28, 2015 12:30:00 PM

Yesterday, we learned Taiwan had officially decided to support the product list to expand the scope of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA). Today, the good news keeps rolling in with Thailand now joining the larger group of negotiating parties to the agreement that finalized the list last Friday.

With this, Thailand has delivered the all-important “critical mass” to this trillion-dollar deal to eliminate tariffs on tech products. Importantly, by World Trade Organization (WTO) protocol, countries signing the accord must account for approximately 90 percent of global trade in the tech products covered by the agreement for it to enter into force.

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Topics: trade, ITA

Another Good Day for Trade as Taiwan Gives Approval to ITA Expansion

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on Jul 27, 2015 2:00:00 PM

Following the good news on Friday the product list to expand the scope of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) was formally approved in Geneva, Taiwan today has decided to climb on board to officially support the list and the accompanying declaration.

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Topics: trade, ITA

A Good Day for Trade as ITA Expansion Rolls On

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on Jul 24, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Following a tense, last-minute dust up, an agreement on the product list to expand the scope of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) won final approval today by all but a handful of the 54 countries involved in the talks during a meeting of ambassadors in Geneva. This is a decisive step forward in the hard-fought, three-year effort to advance this initiative, representing a tremendous win for the World Trade Organization (WTO), the global economy, and the United States. An expanded ITA would also be a major boon for the semiconductor industry, boosting trade in next-generation semiconductors and the myriad products bristling with semiconductors that will be covered by the agreement.  

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Topics: trade, ITA

It’s a Deal: ITA Negotiations on Track to Conclude on Friday

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on Jul 18, 2015 10:30:00 AM

GENEVA – As negotiations to expand the product scope of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) got under way this morning, Geneva was cloaked in dreary, gray skies. But by this afternoon, the clouds had swept past, a brilliant sun emerged, and the ambassadors from the members of World Trade Organization (WTO) involved in the talks struck a deal on the product list that will likely send ITA expansion across the finish line in a few days.  As the ambassadors emerged from their meetings, they each had in hand a list of roughly 200 tariff lines of tech products they will now pass back to their capitals for final approval by noon on Friday, July 24.  

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Topics: trade, ITA