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White House Budget Contains DoD Investments Poised to Strengthen Semiconductor Research

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on May 23, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Semiconductors, the brains of modern electronics, are integral to America’s economic, technological, and military infrastructure. Funding increases for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and other Defense Department agencies outlined in the White House budget proposal unveiled today would strengthen long-range semiconductor research, enhance the U.S. semiconductor industry’s positive impacts on our country, and bolster national security. SIA applauds these research investments and looks forward to working with Congress and the Administration to ensure their enactment. 

We are disappointed, however, in proposed cuts to other critical research agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science. We encourage the Administration and Congress to prioritize research investments at these agencies, which have spurred tremendous growth and innovation in our industry and throughout the U.S. economy.

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Topics: research, budget

New Study Shows ITA Bridging Digital Divide

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on May 22, 2017 11:30:00 AM

As the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) turns 20 this year, a think tank in Washington, D.C. today released an important new report on the wide-ranging economic benefits of this pioneering trade pact to developing countries. Co-authored by Stephen Ezell and John Wu of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), the study does a deep dive on the impact joining the ITA would have on six economies in various stages of economic development – Argentina, Cambodia, Chile, Kenya, Pakistan, and South Africa.

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Topics: trade, ITA

Sustaining America’s Consistent Trade Surplus in Semiconductors

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

Despite the forces of globalization that have pulled so much manufacturing overseas, the United States is still the worldwide leader of the semiconductor industry, capturing nearly half of the global market. Indeed, the U.S. is home to a robust semiconductor manufacturing and design sector and has consistently maintained a trade surplus in semiconductors for at least the past 20 years. These facts, and the underlying trends driving them, are the focus of written comments SIA submitted yesterday to the U.S. government in response to an examination of U.S. trade deficits.

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Topics: trade

Huge Win for Global Trade with Ratification of Trade Facilitation Agreement

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on Feb 22, 2017 10:15:00 AM

Global trade just got a whole lot easier today with announcement by the World Trade Organization (WTO) of the successful ratification of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), a landmark 164-country deal that will lower costs for consumers and promote growth in economies big and small the world over. The semiconductor industry has long advocated for TFA ratification and SIA enthusiastically applauds today’s announcement.     

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Our 2017 Policy Plan to Spur U.S. Semiconductor Industry Growth and Innovation

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on Feb 2, 2017 12:30:00 PM

With the presidential inauguration behind us and the 115th Congress now underway, SIA is focused on working with the Trump Administration and Congress to enact policies that will strengthen the U.S. semiconductor industry, the broader tech sector, and our economy. The unifying goal of our 8-point policy plan, outlined below, is to promote U.S. job creation, economic growth, and innovation, and to allow American businesses to compete on a more level playing field with our competitors abroad.  

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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