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White House Advances High-Performance Computing Initiative

Posted by Dustin Todd, Director of Government Affairs on Aug 2, 2016 2:00:00 PM

The White House last week released a new strategic plan to implement the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) – a supercomputing research effort – across government agencies. The plan calls for greater collaboration among industry, academia, and the government to build an ecosystem that will enable advancements in high-performance computing. 

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Topics: technology, research

Hill Briefing Highlights Importance of Federal Research Investments

Posted by Dustin Todd, Director of Government Affairs on Jun 27, 2016 1:30:00 PM

SIA moderated a congressional briefing last Friday on federally funded R&D and the research breakthroughs that have enabled smartphone technology. The briefing was hosted by IEEE in coordination with the House R&D Caucus, which is chaired by Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) and Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.). The purpose of the event was to give congressional staff an overview of research collaborations among industry, academia, and government research agencies that have led to advances in everyday applications.  

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Topics: technology, research

High-Performance Computing Critical to U.S. Innovation, Competitiveness

Posted by Dustin Todd, Director of Government Affairs on May 10, 2016 11:30:00 AM

From curing diseases and making passenger jets safer to improving weather forecasts and developing new advanced manufacturing techniques, high-performance computing (HPC) enables countless breakthroughs that keep America strong, safe, competitive, and at the leading edge of innovation. A new report by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) examines the many critical applications of HPC and calls on Congress and the Administration to advance policies that support it.    

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Topics: technology, research, high-performance computing

Budget Agreement Provides Opportunity for Needed Research Investments

Posted by Dustin Todd, Director of Government Affairs on Nov 4, 2015 11:00:00 AM

President Obama this week signed into law bipartisan legislation that establishes a new budget agreement and raises the government’s debt limit until 2017. SIA and a coalition of business, scientific, and academic leaders have urged congressional leaders to take advantage of funding increases called for in the new law to bolster federal investments in scientific research.

The new budget legislation provides for a $25 billion increase to non-defense discretionary funding in fiscal year 2016. Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees will soon begin drafting legislation to allocate the new investments to various government agencies.

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Topics: technology, research

New White House Research Initiative Will Advance Semiconductor-Driven Technologies

Posted by Dustin Todd, Director of Government Affairs on Oct 23, 2015 12:00:00 PM

SIA’s efforts to shape the federal research agenda took an important step forward this week with the announcement of a new federal initiative that addresses research needs brought to light recently by SIA and the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC).

In September, SIA and SRC released a report titled Rebooting the IT Revolution: A Call to Action, which found that new, semiconductor-driven technologies like the Internet of Things are revolutionizing the tech sector, and that ambitious research investments are needed to harness these new technologies. This week, the White House began the process of addressing these research needs, announcing a new research initiative called Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenge for Future Computing. The new initiative is intended to address recommendations from the Rebooting the IT Revolution report, which compiled opinions offered by tech and academic leaders at a March workshop sponsored by SIA and SRC and supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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Topics: technology, research

The Critical Nexus Between Innovation and Basic Research for the Chip Industry

Posted by Dustin Todd, Director of Government Affairs on Oct 9, 2015 2:00:00 PM

A couple weeks ago, the New York Times ran a news story about the future of the semiconductor industry, Smaller, Faster, Cheaper, Over: The Future of Computer Chips (Sept 26, 2012). The premise of the article was that the guiding principle of Moore’s Law is slowing and that unless there are other breakthroughs in chip design, power management, manufacturing, and lithography, the physics of making ever-smaller computer chips will create significant obstacles for the industry and the development of new products. The article appropriately points out the driving determination of semiconductor companies and the creative genius of electrical engineers to continue to innovate by uncovering the industry’s next breakthroughs.  

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Topics: technology, research

White House Launches Initiative to Strengthen U.S. Leadership in Supercomputing

Posted by Dustin Todd, Director of Government Affairs on Jul 31, 2015 10:00:00 AM

President Obama this week issued an executive order launching a new supercomputing research initiative called the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI), which aims to maintain and strengthen U.S. leadership in leading-edge computing technology. The NSCI calls for government, industry, and academia to collaborate on research, development, and deployment of high-performance computing (HPC):

“Maximizing the benefits of HPC in the coming decades will require an effective national response to increasing demands for computing power, emerging technological challenges and opportunities, and growing economic dependency on and competition with other nations. This national response will require a cohesive, strategic effort within the Federal Government and a close collaboration between the public and private sectors.”

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Nanotechnology Research Key to Big Semiconductor Breakthroughs

Posted by Dustin Todd, Director of Government Affairs on Jul 16, 2015 12:00:00 PM

The world’s big challenges are increasingly solved using technology that is exceedingly small. Nanotechnology, which involves the manipulation of individual atoms and molecules, is making possible breakthroughs across a range of applications, including transportation, health care, clean energy, communications, and entertainment. The semiconductor industry designs and manufactures at the nanoscale level and depends heavily on advances in nanotechnology.

SIA and Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) today submitted recommendations to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on how to utilize nanotechnology to address big scientific and technical challenges. SIA and SRC’s input comes in response to an OSTP initiative called “Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenges for the Next Decade,” which seeks to identify large-scale research challenges that can be solved using nanoscience and nanotechnology within the next 10 years.

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Topics: technology, research, Nanotechnology

#addwomen

Posted by Caroline Kazmierski, Director, Communications and Marketing on May 7, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Earlier this year, SIA Chairman and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich made a major announcement launching Intel’s Global Diversity and Inclusion initiative. The initiative provides $300 million for support of women and under-represented minorities (URM), a strong leadership move and financial commitment to increase the number of women and URMs in tech.

While it’s not a new issue, diversity in tech has received increased attention over the last six months. It was a topic of discussion at the most recent SXSW, it’s a featured article in the May edition of Fast Company, and a quick Google search of news items on “diversity in tech” yields over 3 million results. This topic is gaining momentum as more tech companies seek to address the challenge.

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Topics: technology, diversity

What is Moore’s Law and Why is it So Great?

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Apr 16, 2015 10:30:00 AM

April 19 marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Gordon Moore’s seminal article in Electronics Magazine, which laid out the pace at which semiconductor technology advancement would occur. This observation, which has come to be known as “Moore’s Law,” states that the number of transistors on a semiconductor would double every two years, thereby rapidly increasing the functionality of semiconductors and the electronic products they enable.

Today, some semiconductors contain billions of transistors, and the transformation of certain downstream products because of this functionality growth has become almost a cliché – think of the comparison of the “brick” phone of the 1980s to the much more powerful smartphones of today!

When you add it all up, the number of transistors that are created today by the semiconductor industry is simply mind-blowing. Dan Hutcheson of VLSI Research has calculated that 7.6 trillion transistors were produced in 2014 per second. PER SECOND!!! Hutcheson puts this number in perspective by making some compelling analogies: 7.6 trillion is “…25.4 times more stars in the Milky Way … or 76.1 times more Galaxies in the universe.” And my personal favorite: “… if every transistor was worth one dollar, our industry would pass World GDP in about 10 seconds.”

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Topics: technology, Moore's Law