About the Semiconductor Industry Association
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) is the voice of the U.S. semiconductor industry, one of America's top export industries and a key driver of America’s economic strength, national security and global competitiveness. Semiconductors – microchips that control all modern electronics – enable the systems and products that we use to work, communicate, travel, entertain, harness energy, treat illness, and make new scientific discoveries. Founded in 1977 by five microelectronics pioneers, SIA unites companies that account for 80 percent of America’s semiconductor production. Through this coalition, SIA seeks to strengthen U.S. leadership of semiconductor design and manufacturing by working with Congress, the Administration and other key industry stakeholders to encourage policies and regulations that fuel innovation, propel business and drive international competition.
A robust semiconductor industry is the only way to ensure that America remains the global technology leader. The Semiconductor Industry Association is dedicated to supporting and fostering this goal through outreach to members of Congress, their staff, executive branch officials, foreign governments, member companies and trade associations.
SIA Fast Facts
Semiconductors – microchips that control all modern electronics – fundamentally improve our lives. They enable the technologies that we use to work, communicate, travel, entertain, harness energy, treat illness and make new scientific discoveries.
As the building blocks of technology, semiconductors are critical to America’s economic strength, national security and global competitiveness. And our greatest potential still lies ahead.
Through collaboration and effective government policies, the semiconductor industry will continue to create jobs, drive economic growth and develop the technologies needed to build a better future.
- The semiconductor industry directly employs a quarter of a million people in the U.S. and supports more than one million additional American jobs.
- In 2012, U.S. semiconductor companies generated $146 billion in sales and semiconductors make the global trillion dollar electronics industry possible.
- U.S. semiconductor companies represent over half the worldwide market.
- Semiconductors are one of America’s largest exports.