SIA Blog

Semiconductor Priorities a Hot Topic in Washington this Summer

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Jul 18, 2018 4:30:00 PM

Two public events last Wednesday underscored policymakers’ current attention on tech in Washington of late. The first focused on the proper role of government in artificial intelligence (AI). The event featured panelists from industry, government, and academia discussing the importance of AI to the future economy and how it will be a game changer for not just tech but society. The event also underscored the role of government in AI’s development, including supporting AI innovation and keeping the United States a leader in this critical technology.

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Topics: trade, AI

Study Highlights Need for More Government Support of R&D

Posted by Harry Clapsis, Global Policy Fellow on Jul 9, 2018 5:00:00 PM

In February, Congress raised the limits on defense and nondefense spending, giving significant increases in research spending across most agencies and research fields. However, a new white paper by Duke Law’s Center for Innovation Policy argues that while this is a good first step, more action is needed. This white paper, Righting the Research Imbalance, by Stephen Merrill, does a deep dive on the history of government funding of physical sciences and engineering (PS&E) research and its importance to U.S. productivity and economic growth. 

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Topics: research

The 2018 SIA Factbook: Your Top Source for Semiconductor Industry Data

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Jun 1, 2018 12:30:00 PM

Where can you turn for key facts about the semiconductor industry and market, including the size of the global semiconductor market ($412 billion), U.S. semiconductor industry market share (46 percent) and the top end-use market for semiconductors (communication devices)?  These data points and many more are now available in the recently released 2018 SIA Factbook!  


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Topics: market, Factbook

Challenges and Opportunities Facing Semiconductor Workforce

Posted by Josh Shiode, Director, Government Affairs on May 30, 2018 2:30:00 PM

Following a recent roundtable with member companies and key staff from 11 federal agencies, the SIA Workforce Committee has released a summary report discussing the challenges and opportunities facing the semiconductor workforce.

The report shines a spotlight on the need to address our broken high-skilled immigration system to meet near-term challenges and position the U.S. for success over the long term.

Other key challenges identified include the lack of alignment of the U.S. education system with the needs of high-tech industries; too few American students, especially women and underrepresented minorities, developing needed STEM skills; and a greying semiconductor workforce in which a relatively small number of top global firms compete for talent.

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Topics: immigration, workforce

Patching Hardware Vulnerabilities Is Harder than You May Think

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on May 18, 2018 3:00:00 PM

If you unlocked your smart phone right now, how many of your apps would need updating? Patches and updates are a regular part of our connected lives. But imagine if every update required you to work with the app maker, phone service provider, phone manufacturer, phone operating system provider, and the dozen or so semiconductor companies that make the electronics in your phone to figure out how to patch the app on your uniquely configured device. 

Addressing hardware vulnerabilities requires just this kind of broad collaboration across a huge range of unique environments, usually without the same direct access to end-users that app and software developers enjoy. With all the complexity involved in creating and distributing mitigations for hardware vulnerabilities, it is no surprise the time to develop updates in this arena can be more than the three months usually given to software companies to create fixes. 

The big point here is that semiconductor companies that make the brains behind all our modern electronics often face a more challenging situation.

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Topics: IP, product security

SIA Participates in Unveiling of New Report Detailing the Development of the Semiconductor Industry in New York’s Capital Region

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on May 10, 2018 3:00:00 PM

Earlier this week, SIA president and CEO, John Neuffer, delivered opening remarks at an event commemorating the unveiling of key findings from a new report on how the semiconductor industry has transformed the New York Capital Region. The report, which was authored by Professor Dr. Charles Wessner of Georgetown University and Thomas Howell, describes in detail how the state of New York, over several decades and numerous governors of both parties, has revitalized the economy of its Capital Region, creating a center for semiconductor research and manufacturing which is today known as “Tech Valley.”

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Topics: research, economy, manufacturing

SIA Provides Input to Government on Priorities for Advanced Manufacturing in the U.S.

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Mar 19, 2018 3:00:00 PM

SIA submitted comments to the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) earlier this month on the development of its National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing. OSTP sought guidance on improving government coordination and on long-term guidance for Federal programs and activities in support of United States manufacturing competitiveness, including advanced manufacturing research and development. 

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Topics: trade

Industry Groups Call for Pakistan to Join Information Technology Agreement

Posted by Devi Keller, Director, Global Policy on Mar 7, 2018 10:30:00 AM

A coalition of U.S. and Pakistan business organizations, led by SIA and the U.S.-Pakistan Business Council, have sent a letter to Prime Minister Shahid Abbasi of Pakistan urging the Pakistan government to join the WTO Information Technology Agreement (ITA) and ITA expansion. The letter is part of a broader global industry push to expand the number of participants in these important trade agreements, which through tariff-elimination have enormously benefited consumers, companies, and economies the world over.

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Topics: trade

Our 2018 Policy Plan to Drive U.S. Semiconductor Industry Growth and Innovation

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on Jan 31, 2018 1:30:00 PM

During last night’s State of the Union Address, President Trump highlighted achievements from his first year in office and laid out his policy agenda for 2018. The President touched on a range of issues, including some of great significance to the U.S. semiconductor industry, such as tax, trade, and immigration. Moving forward, SIA remains focused on working with the Trump Administration and Congress to advance policies that will strengthen the U.S. semiconductor industry, the broader tech sector, and our economy. The unifying objective of our 8-point policy plan, outlined below, is to promote U.S. economic growth and innovation, while allowing American businesses to compete on a more level playing field with our competitors abroad.  


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Topics: immigration, IP, tax, trade, research, environment, export, exports

SIA Applauds Introduction of I-Squared Act to Improve High-Skilled Immigration System

Posted by Josh Shiode, Director, Government Affairs on Jan 26, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) this week introduced S. 2344, the Immigration Innovation Act (I-Squared Act), legislation that would make needed reforms to America’s broken high-skilled immigration system. SIA supports the I-Squared Act and urges Congress to approve it.

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Topics: immigration, workforce