SIA Blog

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

Budget Agreement Provides Opportunity for Needed Research Investments

Posted by Dustin Todd, Director of Government Affairs on Nov 4, 2015 11:00:00 AM

President Obama this week signed into law bipartisan legislation that establishes a new budget agreement and raises the government’s debt limit until 2017. SIA and a coalition of business, scientific, and academic leaders have urged congressional leaders to take advantage of funding increases called for in the new law to bolster federal investments in scientific research.

The new budget legislation provides for a $25 billion increase to non-defense discretionary funding in fiscal year 2016. Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees will soon begin drafting legislation to allocate the new investments to various government agencies.

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Topics: technology, research

3 Things You Need to Know about 2015 Noyce Award Winner Bill Holt

Posted by Caroline Kazmierski, Director, Communications and Marketing on Nov 3, 2015 3:00:00 PM

Clark McFadden has been general counsel for SIA and the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) for several decades. In advising SIA, Clark has been a part of many of the most seminal moments in SIA’s and the industry’s history. Tapping into Clark’s extensive knowledge, I recently interviewed him about this year’s Robert N. Noyce Award recipient, Bill Holt.

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Topics: SIA Award Dinner, Bill Holt, Noyce

Global Industry Reiterates Call for Restrained “Staging” for ITA Expansion

Posted by Devi Keller, Director, Global Policy on Nov 2, 2015 12:30:00 PM

In a strong statement released today, more than 80 associations from around the world have again weighed in urging parties negotiating expansion of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) to implement their tariff elimination commitments as quickly as possible, showing restraint in their requests for extended “staging.” Parties will meet again the week of Nov. 9 in Geneva to wrap up negotiations on phase-out timeframes (staging) for the 201 tariff lines covered by ITA expansion.

The Global Industry Statement notes: “The time has come for all parties to show maximum ambition by limiting their staging requests to ensure the strongest possible ITA expansion outcome is ready for the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Nairobi in mid-December.”

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Topics: trade, ITA

New White House Research Initiative Will Advance Semiconductor-Driven Technologies

Posted by Dustin Todd, Director of Government Affairs on Oct 23, 2015 12:00:00 PM

SIA’s efforts to shape the federal research agenda took an important step forward this week with the announcement of a new federal initiative that addresses research needs brought to light recently by SIA and the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC).

In September, SIA and SRC released a report titled Rebooting the IT Revolution: A Call to Action, which found that new, semiconductor-driven technologies like the Internet of Things are revolutionizing the tech sector, and that ambitious research investments are needed to harness these new technologies. This week, the White House began the process of addressing these research needs, announcing a new research initiative called Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenge for Future Computing. The new initiative is intended to address recommendations from the Rebooting the IT Revolution report, which compiled opinions offered by tech and academic leaders at a March workshop sponsored by SIA and SRC and supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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Topics: technology, research

Meet Leon Panetta At SIA's Annual Award Dinner

Posted by Caroline Kazmierski, Director, Communications and Marketing on Oct 16, 2015 1:11:18 PM

Leon Panetta has had one of the most consequential careers of any American public servant in the past fifty years serving as both the Director of the CIA and Secretary of Defense.  In his recently published book, Worthy Fights, Panetta recounts his storied career in public service and details his time at the Defense Department, CIA and the White House.

On creating a new defense strategy, Panetta writes this;

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Topics: Events, Networking, Annual Award Dinner

The Critical Nexus Between Innovation and Basic Research for the Chip Industry

Posted by Dustin Todd, Director of Government Affairs on Oct 9, 2015 2:00:00 PM

A couple weeks ago, the New York Times ran a news story about the future of the semiconductor industry, Smaller, Faster, Cheaper, Over: The Future of Computer Chips (Sept 26, 2012). The premise of the article was that the guiding principle of Moore’s Law is slowing and that unless there are other breakthroughs in chip design, power management, manufacturing, and lithography, the physics of making ever-smaller computer chips will create significant obstacles for the industry and the development of new products. The article appropriately points out the driving determination of semiconductor companies and the creative genius of electrical engineers to continue to innovate by uncovering the industry’s next breakthroughs.  

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Topics: technology, research

Legislation to Protect Trade Secrets Would Strengthen Semiconductor Industry

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Oct 9, 2015 11:30:00 AM

SIA this week endorsed bipartisan, bicameral legislation that would strengthen the protection of trade secrets. The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 (S.1890 and H.R. 3326) would create a federal civil cause of action that would empower U.S. companies to protect their trade secrets in federal court. The lead sponsors of the Senate bill, Sens. Hatch (R-UT) and Coons (D-DE), spoke on the Senate floor yesterday in support of the legislation. The lead sponsors of the House bill are Reps. Collins (R-GA) and Nadler (D-NY). 

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Topics: IP