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What U.S. States Are Leading Exporters of Semiconductors? Some May Surprise You

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on May 21, 2015 1:00:00 PM

The U.S. Census Bureau publishes annual data on exports by state, and the recently published full-year 2014 semiconductor state export numbers provide some interesting takeaways.

First, all 50 U.S. states exported semiconductors in 2014. This reflects the regional diversification of semiconductor manufacturing and the pervasiveness of the semiconductor manufacturing supply chain in the United States. In fact, according to the Census’s annual state export data, all 50 states have exported semiconductors in each of the last 10 years at least.

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Topics: trade, market, sales, data, exports

SIA Supports Efforts to Modernize U.S. Chemicals Law

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

The sound regulation of chemicals essential to semiconductor manufacturing is a key issue for the continued success of the U.S. semiconductor industry. SIA is encouraged that both houses of Congress have developed bipartisan bills (S. 697; House Discussion Draft) to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), including positive reforms on many issues of interest to the semiconductor industry.

TSCA was enacted in 1976 and has not been updated since. Updates to this law are long overdue, and we hope Congress will approve legislation this year that achieves targeted reforms to the law.

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Topics: environment, chemicals


Posted by Caroline Kazmierski, Director, Communications and Marketing on May 7, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Earlier this year, SIA Chairman and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich made a major announcement launching Intel’s Global Diversity and Inclusion initiative. The initiative provides $300 million for support of women and under-represented minorities (URM), a strong leadership move and financial commitment to increase the number of women and URMs in tech.

While it’s not a new issue, diversity in tech has received increased attention over the last six months. It was a topic of discussion at the most recent SXSW, it’s a featured article in the May edition of Fast Company, and a quick Google search of news items on “diversity in tech” yields over 3 million results. This topic is gaining momentum as more tech companies seek to address the challenge.

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Topics: technology, diversity

SIA Joins Effort to Develop International Anti-counterfeiting Curriculum for Customs Officers

Posted by Dustin Todd, Director of Government Affairs on May 6, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Last week, SIA participated in sessions hosted by the World Customs Organization (WCO) to develop anti-counterfeiting resources for customs officers around the world. The meetings covered a broad range of counterfeit products, including semiconductors. Experts representing rights holders and customs agencies participated in the week-long development series, including customs officials from the United States, Hong Kong, Mexico and Nigeria.

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Topics: anti-counterfeiting

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

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Apr 29, 2015 5:00:00 PM

Next Monday, SIA will release its March 2015 global sales report (GSR), which will include sales totals for the first quarter (Q1) of 2015. With two-thirds of Q1 sales already in the books, how should we assess semiconductor sales thus far and what questions should we be thinking about ahead of next week’s GSR release?

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Topics: market, sales, data

Congress Should Approve Trade Promotion Authority Legislation

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on Apr 23, 2015 10:00:00 AM

This week, House and Senate committees are considering the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA-2015), legislation that would enable free trade agreements, strengthen the U.S. semiconductor industry, and promote job creation and growth throughout the U.S. economy. The Senate Finance Committee approved the bill late yesterday with bipartisan support, and the House Ways and Means Committee is expected to vote on it today. SIA strongly supports this legislation and urges Committee members to approve it.  

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Topics: trade, trade promotion authority

House Science Committee Considers Legislation to Authorize Funding for Research

Posted by Dustin Todd, Director, Government Affairs on Apr 22, 2015 11:15:00 AM

The House Science Committee today will consider legislation to authorize federal funding for key research and technology programs. The America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806) would allow for needed investments in agencies that drive growth and innovation in the semiconductor industry and throughout our economy, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

SIA yesterday sent a letter to House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) thanking the Committee for their work to reauthorize funding for these critical programs. As the bill advances through the legislative process, we hope funding will be elevated to levels that ensure America remains the global innovation leader.

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Topics: research, America COMPETES

What is Moore’s Law and Why is it So Great?

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Apr 16, 2015 10:30:00 AM

April 19 marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Gordon Moore’s seminal article in Electronics Magazine, which laid out the pace at which semiconductor technology advancement would occur. This observation, which has come to be known as “Moore’s Law,” states that the number of transistors on a semiconductor would double every two years, thereby rapidly increasing the functionality of semiconductors and the electronic products they enable.

Today, some semiconductors contain billions of transistors, and the transformation of certain downstream products because of this functionality growth has become almost a cliché – think of the comparison of the “brick” phone of the 1980s to the much more powerful smartphones of today!

When you add it all up, the number of transistors that are created today by the semiconductor industry is simply mind-blowing. Dan Hutcheson of VLSI Research has calculated that 7.6 trillion transistors were produced in 2014 per second. PER SECOND!!! Hutcheson puts this number in perspective by making some compelling analogies: 7.6 trillion is “…25.4 times more stars in the Milky Way … or 76.1 times more Galaxies in the universe.” And my personal favorite: “… if every transistor was worth one dollar, our industry would pass World GDP in about 10 seconds.”

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Topics: technology, Moore's Law

H-1B Visa Limit Shows Urgent Need for Immigration Reform

Posted by Dustin Todd, Director of Government Affairs on Apr 2, 2015 11:00:00 AM

When it comes to America’s high-skilled immigration system, demand for talent far exceeds supply.

That unfortunate fact will be reinforced this week as the U.S. government begins accepting applications from employers for H-1B visas for highly educated workers who are needed to fill open jobs in the U.S.

Since U.S. businesses demand far more skilled workers than are provided by U.S. citizens or permanent residents, we need to fill this gap with highly educated immigrant workers, many of whom have been educated in America’s colleges and universities. Since this demand for immigrant workers exceeds the current statutory cap of 65,000 H-1B visas (plus an additional 20,000 for those with advanced degrees from U.S. universities), the limit likely will be reached in a matter of days.

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Topics: immigration

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

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Apr 1, 2015 1:30:00 PM

Did you know that the global semiconductor industry reached record sales of $336 billion in 2014? Did you know that the U.S. semiconductor industry maintained market share leadership with 51 percent of the global market in 2014? Did you know that semiconductors were America’s third-leading manufactured export in 2014 behind only airplanes and automobiles? These facts and many others are now available in SIA’s 2015 Factbook [download here]. Below is an example of the type of data presented in the Factbook.

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Topics: market, sales, data