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SIA Welcomes House Passage of Quantum Computing Legislation

Posted by Harry Clapsis, Global Policy Fellow on Sep 13, 2018 2:21:14 PM

Today, the House of Representatives unanimously passed the National Quantum Initiative Act, legislation that would create a 10-year federal program to bring a whole-of-government approach to advancing quantum information science research and development. Continued government support of quantum computing is integral to ensuring the United States remains a world leader in this promising technology. While the Senate still has to act on the bill, SIA is encouraged that Congress is continuing to place a high emphasis on ensuring U.S. leadership in quantum technology.

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Topics: research, Promising Technologies

Smart Government Policies Needed to Strengthen U.S. Leadership of Artificial Intelligence

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Aug 13, 2018 1:30:00 PM

Artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged in recent years as a potentially transformative technological leap forward, holding the potential to fundamentally change how individuals, societies, and nations interact. At the heart of all AI-related innovations is semiconductor technology. A new SIA white paper outlines the critical role of semiconductor technology in enabling AI and the government policies needed to harness the potential of this promising technology and ensure continued U.S. leadership in AI.

[DOWNLOAD THE WHITE PAPER]

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Topics: AI, Promising Technologies

The 2018 SIA Databook: Your Source for Comprehensive Semiconductor Industry and Market Data

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Aug 8, 2018 4:00:00 PM

Where can you find just about any data point on the semiconductor industry and market? Answer: the 2018 SIA Databook which is now available! Complete with tons of data on the global semiconductor market, the U.S. semiconductor industry, and the top end markets for semiconductors, the 2018 SIA Databook is your go-to comprehensive resource for all things semiconductors.

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Topics: statistics

House Leaders Call on Administration to Remove Semiconductor Tariffs

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Jul 27, 2018 5:00:00 PM

Leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives today called on the Trump Administration to remove semiconductors and related products from a list of imports from China slated to be hit with tariffs of 25 percent in the coming days or weeks. In a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, a bipartisan group of 49 Members of Congress – led by Reps. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), the House co-chairs of the Congressional Semiconductor Caucus – make a compelling case that tariffs on semiconductors would not accomplish the Administration’s goal of combatting China’s unfair and discriminatory trade practices. Instead, they would harm U.S. businesses and consumers. SIA shares this position and continues to urge the Administration to not place tariffs on semiconductors and related products.

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Topics: trade

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!  

[DOWNLOAD THE 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