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The Benefits of Including Multi-Component Semiconductors in an Expanded Information Technology Agreement

Posted by Devi Keller, Director, Global Policy on Dec 8, 2014 10:30:00 AM

Following a key breakthrough between China and the United States on the sidelines of the APEC Leaders meeting in Beijing in November, negotiators have returned to Geneva to resume, and hopefully conclude, an expanded Information Technology Agreement that extends duty-free coverage to approximately 200 new technology product lines.

Included on this list of new products are next generation semiconductors known as multicomponent semiconductors (MCOs). MCOs are the latest evolution in semiconductor technology driven by consumer demand for greater functionality, performance, and miniaturization. Simply put, an MCO is a single semiconductor device that performs complex or multiple functions previously done by two or more semiconductor devices, thanks to a variety of components integrated into a single unit.

Duty-free treatment for MCOs via ITA expansion has been a top priority for the global semiconductor industry for many years. Eliminating tariffs on MCOs will save the global semiconductor industry $150-300 million in tariffs annually, with this number only set to grow as global consumer demand for MCOs grows.

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Topics: MCO, trade

What is a Multi-Component Semiconductor (MCO)?

Posted by Devi Keller, Director, Global Policy on Dec 3, 2014 10:30:00 AM

Following a key breakthrough between China and the United States on the sidelines of the APEC Leaders meeting in Beijing in November, negotiators return to Geneva tomorrow to resume, and hopefully conclude, an expanded Information Technology Agreement that extends duty-free coverage to approximately 200 new technology product lines, including next-generation semiconductors known as multi-component semiconductors (MCOs).

But what exactly is an MCO? This article is intended to explain the what, why, how, and who of MCOs.

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Topics: MCO, trade