SIA Blog

How Are Mid-Year Semiconductor Sales Shaping Up?

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Jul 26, 2016 4:00:00 PM

Next week, SIA will release its June 2016 global sales report (GSR), which will include global semiconductor sales totals for the first half of 2016. As we approach the halfway point in semiconductor sales for 2016, how should we assess sales performance to date, what questions should we consider ahead of next week’s GSR release, and what should we look for in the second half?

To date, 2016 has been a challenging year for semiconductor sales, and global macroeconomic headwinds continue to hinder sales growth (read Brexit, slowing growth in many major economies, especially China). The table below shows monthly sales, on a three-month-moving average basis, through May (circled in red) compared with monthly sales tracking for the seven previous years. Monthly sales through May have been consistently lower than totals from both 2014 and 2015 through May.

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Topics: market, statistics, data

Congressional Research Arm Produces Report on the U.S. Chip Industry

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Jul 19, 2016 11:00:00 AM

A newly released report by a non-partisan research arm of Congress underscores how semiconductors’ economic and military importance has made the industry’s health a focus of congressional interest for nearly 70 years. The report, produced by the Congressional Research Service (CRS), details how the federal government played a key role in the creation and support of the U.S. semiconductor industry since World War II, including the co-funding of SEMATECH in the 1980s, as well as support for a wide array of semiconductor research activities. The report also notes Congress’s establishment in July 2015 of the Semiconductor Caucus, a congressional group that seeks to advance policies that support the U.S. semiconductor industry and our economy.

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Topics: market, statistics, data

Global Deal to Slash Tech Tariffs Goes into Force, but with a Hitch

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on Jul 1, 2016 6:00:00 AM

After more than four years of often turbulent negotiations to expand the Information Technology Agreement (ITA), tariffs on roughly $1.3 trillion in trade in tech products finally start marching to zero today. All in, the agreement will boost the global economy by an estimated $190 billion annually, spur productivity in developing and developed economies, and support an additional 60,000 American jobs.

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Topics: trade, ITA

SIA Applauds Chairman Brady’s Tax Reform Blueprint

Posted by Joe Pasetti, Director, Government Affairs on Jun 29, 2016 6:00:00 PM

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) on Friday unveiled a blueprint to reform America’s outdated tax system. SIA applauds the Speaker, Chairman Brady, Committee members, and staff for their hard work producing this plan to advance the cause of urgently needed U.S. corporate tax reform. 

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Topics: tax

Secretary Clinton’s Tech Platform Highlights Key Semiconductor Priorities

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Jun 28, 2016 5:30:00 PM

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today unveiled a set of policy initiatives aimed at bolstering U.S. technology and innovation leadership. SIA welcomes attention from the presidential candidates on policies to strengthen the semiconductor industry and the broader tech sector. Secretary Clinton’s plan embraces a number of the semiconductor industry’s longstanding priorities, including the following:

1) Increasing the research budgets of federal agencies like the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and DARPA;
2) Reforming America’s outdated high-skilled immigration system;
3) Rebuilding U.S. leadership in high-performance computing;
4) Continuing key reforms of the U.S. export control system; and
5) Expanding investments in STEM education programs.

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Topics: immigration, trade, research, export, STEM, exports

Hill Briefing Highlights Importance of Federal Research Investments

Posted by Dustin Todd, Director of Government Affairs on Jun 27, 2016 1:30:00 PM

SIA moderated a congressional briefing last Friday on federally funded R&D and the research breakthroughs that have enabled smartphone technology. The briefing was hosted by IEEE in coordination with the House R&D Caucus, which is chaired by Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) and Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.). The purpose of the event was to give congressional staff an overview of research collaborations among industry, academia, and government research agencies that have led to advances in everyday applications.  

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Topics: technology, research

SIA Applauds Launch of IoT Initiative Led by Intel and Samsung

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on Jun 21, 2016 12:30:00 PM

SIA members Intel Corporation and Samsung Electronics today announced the launch of the National IoT Strategy Dialogue, an initiative that will bring together industry partners and organizations to collaboratively develop policy recommendations to advance the Internet of Things (IoT). We applaud Intel and Samsung for leading this critical effort, to be convened by the Information Technology Industry Council, and look forward to working with them to help develop a policy framework to promote the IoT.

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Topics: IoT

The World Semiconductor Council: 20 Years of Promoting Innovation through Free Trade

Posted by Devi Keller, Director, Global Policy on Jun 9, 2016 11:30:00 AM

The world’s leading semiconductor industries celebrated the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the World Semiconductor Council (WSC) on May 27 in Seoul, Korea. The WSC grew out of the 1996 U.S.-Japan Agreement on International Cooperation Regarding Semiconductors and today brings together senior executives from six semiconductor-producing regions – China, Chinese Taipei, EU, Japan, Korea, and the U.S. – to promote free and open world trade and to address issues of common concern to chipmakers everywhere. 

Leaders from the six regions at the 20th annual WSC meeting.
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Topics: trade, WSC

SIA Presents Policy Recommendations to Advance Internet of Things

Posted by Joe Pasetti, Director, Government Affairs on Jun 8, 2016 12:00:00 PM

From household appliances and wearable devices to cars and medical devices, many of the products Americans rely on are becoming “smarter” and better able to communicate with each other, thanks largely to semiconductor technology. This expanding network of physical objects connected by the Internet – known as the Internet of Things (IoT) – presents both challenges and opportunities for policymakers in Washington. 

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Topics: IoT

Trade Panel Finds TPP Would Boost U.S. Economy, Create Jobs

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on May 19, 2016 4:00:00 PM

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has found what SIA has long held: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would strengthen U.S. economic growth, increase U.S. exports, and create U.S. jobs.

In a report released yesterday, the ITC found by 2032 the TPP would increase U.S. annual real income by $57.3 billion, boost U.S. GDP by $42.7 billion, and create 128,000 U.S. jobs. Additionally, U.S. exports to TPP countries would grow by $57.2 billion (5.6 percent), while U.S. imports from those countries would increase by $47.5 billion (3.5 percent). Other analyses, including one by the nonpartisan Peterson Institute, have found even more significant economic benefits of implementing the TPP.

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Topics: trade, TPP