SIA Blog

New Immigration Policy Will Increase Access to Talent, Strengthen U.S. Semiconductor Industry

Posted by Dustin Todd, Director of Government Affairs on Feb 24, 2015 6:30:00 PM

In a meaningful, incremental step forward in the effort to reform America’s high-skilled immigration system, the Obama Administration today announced a new regulation that will allow spouses of certain high-skilled immigrants working in the U.S. to apply for work authorization of their own. This common sense initiative will increase companies’ access to the world’s top talent and help spur growth in the U.S. semiconductor industry and our economy, but additional high-skilled immigration reform is urgently needed.

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Topics: Counterfeit semiconductors, immigration

How to Stop Counterfeit Semiconductors

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Dec 31, 2014 10:30:00 AM

Imagine if the complex electronics on a U.S. nuclear submarine were compromised by counterfeit microchips, or semiconductors. It might sound like the plot of an action film, but this story came dangerously close to being a reality.

Earlier this year, a man named Peter Picone admitted that he sent counterfeit semiconductors to the U.S. Naval Submarine Base in Connecticut, where the chips were intended for use in nuclear submarines. Picone pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit military goods. Fortunately, the counterfeit chips were identified before they found their way into critical military systems. Should this happen again in the future, we might not be so fortunate.

How counterfeiting works

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Topics: Counterfeit semiconductors