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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.   

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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.  

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Topics: data, exports

Why the U.S. Military is Interested in the Internet of Things

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Nov 16, 2015 3:00:00 PM

If you have followed the semiconductor market in recent years, you are probably aware that the Internet of Things (IoT) is estimated to become a major market driver of semiconductor growth, with some forecasting future market growth in the multi-millions of dollars. Indeed, what makes the potential of the IoT market so exciting is that its growth seems to be limited only be one’s imagination of what types of “things” can be connected. However, there is one area that does not get much attention in terms of IoT growth and application: national defense.

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Topics: data, IoT

SIA White Paper: Facts about Semiconductor Manufacturing

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Aug 27, 2015 2:00:00 PM

A newly published SIA white paper affirms that U.S. semiconductor companies do the majority of their manufacturing in the United States, and semiconductors are one of America’s top manufactured exports, behind only aircraft and automobiles. 

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Topics: white papers, data, manufacturing

SIA White Paper: U.S. Semiconductor Industry is America's Most Innovative Manufacturing Industry

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Aug 13, 2015 3:00:00 PM

The U.S. semiconductor industry is America's most innovative manufacturing industry and ranks near the top in terms of overall competitiveness, according to a newly published SIA white paper. Based in part on a methodology used by the United Nations to rank the economic competitiveness of nations, the white paper finds that the U.S. semiconductor industry ranks first out of 288 U.S. industries in terms of innovation and second in overall competitiveness. 

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Topics: white papers, innovation, data