SIA Blog

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

Nanotechnology Research Key to Big Semiconductor Breakthroughs

Posted by Dustin Todd, Director of Government Affairs on Jul 16, 2015 12:00:00 PM

The world’s big challenges are increasingly solved using technology that is exceedingly small. Nanotechnology, which involves the manipulation of individual atoms and molecules, is making possible breakthroughs across a range of applications, including transportation, health care, clean energy, communications, and entertainment. The semiconductor industry designs and manufactures at the nanoscale level and depends heavily on advances in nanotechnology.

SIA and Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) today submitted recommendations to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on how to utilize nanotechnology to address big scientific and technical challenges. SIA and SRC’s input comes in response to an OSTP initiative called “Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenges for the Next Decade,” which seeks to identify large-scale research challenges that can be solved using nanoscience and nanotechnology within the next 10 years.

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Topics: technology, research, Nanotechnology

ITA Negotiations to Resume: Global Industry Strongly Presses for Conclusion Next Week

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on Jul 6, 2015 1:00:00 PM

With negotiations to expand product coverage of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) finally back on track, global industry today issued an unambiguous call to the negotiating parties to reach agreement next week on the scope of products to be covered in this bold initiative.

In a statement released today, more than 80 associations from around the world called on negotiators “to finally conclude a strong tariff-elimination agreement during the next round of talks scheduled to resume the week of July 13 in Geneva.”

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Topics: trade, ITA

House Approves Needed Updates to Federal Chemicals Law

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Jun 24, 2015 9:27:40 AM

The House of Representatives last night approved the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Modernization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2576), legislation that would enhance the protection of health and the environment, while also providing the semiconductor industry and other sectors with certainty in the selection and use of chemicals. We applaud the House for passing this legislation and urge the Senate to approve companion legislation (S.697) in short order.  The House and Senate would then need to reconcile the two bills before sending the legislation to the president.

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Topics: environment, chemicals

House Needs to Get Trade Promotion Authority Across Finish Line

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on Jun 12, 2015 5:00:00 PM

SIA is encouraged the House of Representatives today voted in favor of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) on a bipartisan basis, but we are disappointed it failed to approve accompanying legislation that would allow TPA to be signed into law by the president. The failure to get TPA across the finish line is a missed opportunity to boost the United States’ economic strength and global competitiveness.

TPA facilitates free trade, economic growth, and the spread of innovation. TPA empowers U.S. trade negotiators to reach final agreements consistent with negotiating objectives laid out by Congress. Free trade is critical to the American economy, fostering the spread of innovation and commerce globally. Trade is especially important to the U.S. semiconductor industry, which relies on a global network of materials and equipment suppliers, R&D providers, and customers. Eighty-two percent of U.S. semiconductor sales are to customers overseas, and semiconductors are one of America’s top exports.

Failure to enact TPA would be a significant setback for growth and innovation in the semiconductor industry and across the U.S. economy. We urge House members to work together over the next few days to do what’s right for our industry, our economy, and our country by finally getting TPA across the finish line.

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Topics: trade, trade promotion authority