Processors

SIA Blog

Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy

Falan Yinug is director of industry statistics and economic policy at SIA. Responsible for managing SIA's statistics and data program, Falan represents SIA in the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) program, which maintains industry-driven monthly sales data for the global industry as well as sales forecasts. His work also entails supporting SIA’s advocacy efforts through economic research and analysis. In pursuit of this goal, he works closely with SIA staff and member companies, federal statistical agencies, domestic and international companies and business associations, international organizations, foreign government officials, and the academic and think tank community. Falan has prior experience working for the high-tech industry, having worked for the U.S. International Trade Commission as its semiconductor and semiconductor manufacturing equipment analyst for 9 years. Falan began his career with the federal government as a Presidential Management Fellow and has worked at the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. He has a B.A. in history from Carleton College, and a master’s in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. He lived in Honduras as a Peace Corps volunteer for 2.5 years and speaks Spanish. Falan enjoys traveling, sports, reading, and music.

Recent Posts

Semiconductors Remain Export Leader for U.S. in 2016

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Mar 29, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Semiconductors continue to be a huge export for the United States, fueling jobs, economic growth, and innovation at home. According to recently released government trade data for 2016, the value of U.S. semiconductor exports in 2016 totaled $43.1 billion, the third-highest of any manufactured U.S. export product. Strong domestic production combined with large foreign markets led to semiconductors ranking as one of America’s leading exports in 2016.    

Read More

Topics: trade, statistics, exports

U.S. Semiconductor Firms Top List of Patent Recipients in 2016

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Mar 23, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Five of the top fifteen U.S. corporate patent recipients in 2016 were U.S. semiconductor companies, equaling the number of firms ranked in the top 15 in 2015. These figures are based on an analysis of new data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. See table below. 

Read More

Topics: IP, research, patents

End-Use Products that Drove Semiconductor Sales in 2016

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Mar 14, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Communications and PCs/computers remained the top semiconductor markets by end use in 2016. At the same time, automotive and industrial end markets continued their strong growth path. This is according to the recently released World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) 2016 Semiconductor End-Use Report, which details sales by end use and regional end market for a wide variety of semiconductor products. The figure below shows the major semiconductor end applications’ share of total semiconductor sales for 2016.

Read More

Topics: end use report, sales

Recognizing the U.S. Semiconductor Workforce this Labor Day

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Sep 2, 2016 10:00:00 AM

What better time than right before Labor Day to learn more about the U.S. semiconductor workforce, which is the backbone of an incredibly successful industry that manfactures the stuff upon which the entire digital economy rests? So before firing up the BBQ or heading out on your long weekend trip, let’s take a moment to discover more about workers in America’s most innovative industry.

Read More

Topics: data, employment

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

Topics: market, statistics, data

The 2016 SIA Factbook: Your Top Source for Semiconductor Data

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Apr 1, 2016 12:30:00 PM

Did you know global semiconductor industry sales reached $335 billion in 2015? Did you know the U.S. semiconductor industry maintained market share leadership with 50 percent of the global market in 2015? Did you know semiconductors were America’s third-leading manufactured export in 2015, behind only airplanes and automobiles? These facts and many others are now available for free download in the 2016 SIA Factbook

Read More

Topics: market, statistics, data

What End-Use Applications Drove Semiconductor Sales in 2015?

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Mar 31, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Communications (34.1 percent of total sales) and PCs/computers (29.7 percent) remained the top semiconductor markets by end-use in 2015, according to the recently released World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) Semiconductor End-Use Report. The report breaks down sales by end-use and regional end-market for a wide variety of semiconductor products. The figure below shows the six major semiconductor end applications’ share of total semiconductor sales for 2015.

Read More

Topics: market, statistics, data

U.S. Semiconductor Companies Dominate List of Top Patent Recipients

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Mar 16, 2016 11:30:00 AM

U.S. semiconductor companies, including several SIA members, were among the top corporate recipients of U.S. patents in 2015, according to an analysis of new data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.   

Read More

Topics: IP, data, intellectual property, patents

Semiconductors Remain Export Powerhouse for U.S. in 2015

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Feb 25, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Semiconductors continue to be a massive export product for the United States, according to recently released government export statistics for 2015, fueling U.S. jobs, economic growth, and innovation. The total value of U.S. semiconductor exports in 2015 was $41.8 billion, which amounts to the third-highest of any manufactured export product. The combination of strong domestic production and foreign markets hungry for semiconductors led once again to this foundational product ranking as one of America’s leading exports in 2015.  

Read More

Topics: data, exports