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Implementation of Trade Facilitation Agreement Inches Closer Following U.S. Letter of Acceptance

Posted by Devi Keller, Director, Global Policy on Jan 27, 2015 2:00:00 PM

SIA welcomes the news that U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman formally delivered the United States’ letter of acceptance of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) to the WTO Director in Davos, Switzerland on Friday. Delivery of the letter was a welcome final step in U.S. acceptance of the Agreement.

The TFA will enter into force once two-thirds of the WTO’s 160 Members have completed their domestic legal procedures and submit letters of acceptance. So far, three Members have submitted letters: Hong Kong, Singapore, and the United States.

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Topics: trade

SIA Commends Introduction of Bipartisan I-Squared Act to Reform High-Skilled Immigration System

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

SIA last week sent a letter to Senate leaders in support of the Immigration Innovation Act of 2015 (I-Squared Act), legislation introduced last week by a bipartisan group of senators led by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn).

“The I-Squared Act would strengthen the U.S. economy and promote innovation by making important improvements to the H1-B program and the green card program,” wrote SIA president and CEO Brian Toohey. “These necessary reforms will help spur innovation and create thousands of high paying manufacturing and research jobs here in America.”

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Topics: immigration

What’s the Outlook for Semiconductor Industry Priorities in the New Congress?

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Jan 5, 2015 10:30:00 AM

As we prepare for the official start of the 114th Congress on Jan. 6, it’s a good time to assess the election results and the landscape for semiconductor industry priorities in the new Congress.

The most notable change in Washington from the 2014 elections is that Republicans gained the majority in the U.S. Senate for the first time since 2007. Republicans also expanded their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, meaning Congress is now more solidly Republican than it has been at any time during the Obama presidency.

Given these changes, here’s the outlook for several of the industry’s top policy priorities in the 114th Congress:

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Topics: immigration, IP, tax, trade, research, patent reform, intellectual property, patents

How to Stop Counterfeit Semiconductors

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Dec 31, 2014 10:30:00 AM

Imagine if the complex electronics on a U.S. nuclear submarine were compromised by counterfeit microchips, or semiconductors. It might sound like the plot of an action film, but this story came dangerously close to being a reality.

Earlier this year, a man named Peter Picone admitted that he sent counterfeit semiconductors to the U.S. Naval Submarine Base in Connecticut, where the chips were intended for use in nuclear submarines. Picone pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit military goods. Fortunately, the counterfeit chips were identified before they found their way into critical military systems. Should this happen again in the future, we might not be so fortunate.

How counterfeiting works

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Topics: Counterfeit semiconductors

One-Year Extension of R&D Credit is Progress, but Congress Has More Work to Do

Posted by Joe Pasetti, Director, Government Affairs on Dec 17, 2014 4:00:00 PM

On Dec. 16, the Senate approved legislation that provides a one-year, retroactive extension of the R&D tax credit, as well as an extension of bonus depreciation and the CFC look-thru rule, all of which lapsed at the end of 2013. The House passed this bill on Dec. 3 and it will soon be signed into law.

While SIA supports this legislation, ensuring that research expenses for 2014 will be eligible for the credit, we are disappointed that the bill did not enhance the incentive nor extend the credit for longer than a few weeks going forward. SIA continues to advocate for a permanent extension of an enhanced R&D credit, which enjoys widespread bipartisan support in Congress.

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Topics: tax, research

The Benefits of Including Multi-Component Semiconductors in an Expanded Information Technology Agreement

Posted by Devi Keller, Director, Global Policy on Dec 8, 2014 10:30:00 AM

Following a key breakthrough between China and the United States on the sidelines of the APEC Leaders meeting in Beijing in November, negotiators have returned to Geneva to resume, and hopefully conclude, an expanded Information Technology Agreement that extends duty-free coverage to approximately 200 new technology product lines.

Included on this list of new products are next generation semiconductors known as multicomponent semiconductors (MCOs). MCOs are the latest evolution in semiconductor technology driven by consumer demand for greater functionality, performance, and miniaturization. Simply put, an MCO is a single semiconductor device that performs complex or multiple functions previously done by two or more semiconductor devices, thanks to a variety of components integrated into a single unit.

Duty-free treatment for MCOs via ITA expansion has been a top priority for the global semiconductor industry for many years. Eliminating tariffs on MCOs will save the global semiconductor industry $150-300 million in tariffs annually, with this number only set to grow as global consumer demand for MCOs grows.

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Topics: MCO, trade

Semiconductor Industry Forecasts Broad and Sustained Sales Growth for 2015

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Dec 5, 2014 10:30:00 AM

This year is not yet complete, and analysts are already considering the outlook for 2015! Such is the case for our industry, which is known for always looking ahead, right?

Given that the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) program released its Fall semiconductor industry forecast earlier this month on December 2, it seems appropriate now to contemplate the 2015 forecast and what it means. 

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Topics: market, sales, GSR

What is a Multi-Component Semiconductor (MCO)?

Posted by Devi Keller, Director, Global Policy on Dec 3, 2014 10:30:00 AM

Following a key breakthrough between China and the United States on the sidelines of the APEC Leaders meeting in Beijing in November, negotiators return to Geneva tomorrow to resume, and hopefully conclude, an expanded Information Technology Agreement that extends duty-free coverage to approximately 200 new technology product lines, including next-generation semiconductors known as multi-component semiconductors (MCOs).

But what exactly is an MCO? This article is intended to explain the what, why, how, and who of MCOs.

WHAT

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Topics: MCO, trade

Semiconductor Industry Reaction to President's Announcement on Immigration

Posted by Brian Toohey, SIA President and CEO on Nov 21, 2014 8:00:00 AM

For too long, America’s broken high-skilled immigration system has been an obstacle to U.S. innovation, job creation and economic growth. SIA has long advocated for increasing the number of green cards available to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) graduates and expanding the H-1B visa program. Unfortunately, the divisive politics of the broader immigration debate have trumped good policy, and American businesses have suffered as a result.  

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Topics: immigration, workforce

SIA Award Dinner Caps Successful Week for Semiconductor Industry

Posted by Dan Rosso, Communications Manager on Nov 18, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Last week was a busy and highly productive one for SIA and our members.  

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Topics: trade, ITA, SIA Award Dinner