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SIA Welcomes White House Report on Sustaining U.S. Semiconductor Leadership

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on Jan 6, 2017 11:00:00 AM

SIA today welcomed the release of a new report by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology (PCAST) Semiconductor Working Group outlining the strategic importance of the U.S. semiconductor industry and the challenges that must be overcome to ensure continued U.S. leadership of semiconductor technology. SIA thanks the distinguished members of the PCAST Semiconductor Working Group for their diligence in developing this report.

We completely agree with the report's assertions that: 1) “The only way to retain leadership is to outpace the competition,” and 2) “to maintain a strong and globally competitive semiconductor industry, the United States needs an economic and policy environment that fosters innovation and keeps the U.S. industry at the technological frontier.” To that end, the report suggests a number of policy prescriptions aimed at doubling down on funding for basic research critical to innovation, reforming corporate tax laws, and growing the talent pool. To advance this work, the report recommends a three-pillar strategy, as highlighted in the accompanying letter to the President from PCAST co-chairs John Holdren and Eric Lander, to “(i) push back against innovation-inhibiting Chinese industrial policy, (ii) improve the business environment for U.S.-based semiconductor producers, and (iii) help catalyze transformative semiconductor innovation over the next decade.”

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Topics: trade, research

SIA Urges President-Elect Trump to Support Policies that Promote Innovation

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on Dec 1, 2016 4:30:00 PM

SIA sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump this week outlining a series of policy recommendations to strengthen the U.S. semiconductor industry, American innovation, and our economy. SIA’s policy plan calls for investing in basic research, enacting pro-growth corporate tax reform, ensuring free and fair access to global markets, strengthening America’s technology workforce, and promoting advanced manufacturing.

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Remembering Semiconductor Industry Pioneer Erich Bloch, 1925-2016

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on Nov 30, 2016 11:30:00 AM

SIA and the entire semiconductor community are saddened by the recent passing of Erich Bloch, former vice president at IBM, director of the National Science Foundation, and founding chairman of the Semiconductor Research Corporation. Bloch passed away on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 at the age of 91.

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New White House Group to Tackle Semiconductor Industry Challenges: Commerce Secretary Pritzker to Discuss Future of Industry on Wednesday

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on Oct 31, 2016 3:30:00 PM

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology (PCAST) today announced the launch of a new Semiconductor Working Group that will provide recommendations to PCAST to consider in its report to the President regarding current challenges facing the semiconductor industry, including the rapid rise of semiconductor capabilities abroad.

SIA welcomes this timely announcement, given new challenges facing the U.S. semiconductor industry, including unprecedented government investment programs from some countries and the increasing technological complexity involved in achieving new innovation breakthroughs. These developments have implications not only for the economy and society, but also national security. In fact, SIA earlier recommended the Administration form a public-private advisory group to help guide government policy related to improving the competitiveness of the U.S. semiconductor industry.

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Topics: trade, research

Tech Doubles Down on TPP

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on Sep 13, 2016 5:45:00 AM

Throughout the many months of heated political rhetoric on trade this election cycle, one constant has been the unwavering and full-throated support from America’s most innovative companies for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a landmark agreement that would tear down numerous barriers to trade with Pacific Rim countries. SIA and a coalition of tech leaders today reaffirmed their support for the TPP in a letter to congressional leaders, urging Congress to approve it before the end of the year.

The TPP would benefit the tech sector, the U.S. economy, and consumers the world over, and Congress should act swiftly to get it across the goal line in 2016.

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Topics: trade, TPP

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 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

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

Tech Weighs in on Presidential Agenda

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on May 4, 2016 7:00:00 PM

As the presidential election year comes into sharper focus this week, the tech community is weighing in with the priorities it believes should be central to the public debate in the months ahead – priorities that are critical to sustaining a strong America and a strong American economy.

In an open letter sent today to the presidential candidates, SIA and the heads of 12 other tech associations representing thousands of U.S. companies and their employees wrote that “a central challenge of our time must be leveraging our strengths to expand opportunities and better prepare more citizens for the opportunities ahead.” To help meet this challenge and to ensure America remains at the forefront of economic and technological leadership, the associations attached to the letter a Technology Sector Presidential Platform that sets forth a series of policy recommendations. They are meant to:

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Topics: immigration, IP, tax, trade, research, patents, TPP

TPP Would Strengthen America’s Global Standing

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on May 2, 2016 12:30:00 PM

Trade has been a frequent and heated topic of debate in the presidential campaign, including the economic impacts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. Too often lost in the political rhetoric is this simple truth – the TPP would not only strengthen the U.S. economy but also America’s position of leadership in the world. A bipartisan group of eight former secretaries of defense recently sent a letter to Congress urging support for the TPP and emphasizing its significance for America’s global position:

“The TPP will deepen relationships with allies in the Asia-Pacific region, strengthen the U.S. economy, establish high standards that mirror U.S. interests and values, and contribute to a safer world for ourselves, our children, and our grandchildren … The United States cannot and should not fall behind on the world stage.”

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Topics: trade, TPP