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Semiconductor Industry Ranks High in Patent Quality

Posted by: Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics & Economic Policy on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 12:00:00 pm
Patent quality in the semiconductor industry has been determined to be high as compared with other technology fields, according to a recent analysis by the Organisation for ...

No ITA Deal Reached at S&ED; U.S. and China Commit to Continued Discussions

Posted by: Devi Keller, Deputy Director, Global Policy on Friday, July 11, 2014 at 4:00:00 pm
Despite intense efforts and high hopes for China to show leadership and break the deadlock in talks to expand the scope of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) at this ...

Semiconductor Industry Forecasts Broad and Sustained Sales Growth for 2014 and Beyond

Posted by: Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics & Economic Policy on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 12:00:00 am
Earlier this month, the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) program revised up its full-year 2014 global semiconductor sales growth forecast to 6.5 percent from the ...

Program Helps Track and Improve Semiconductor Industry Environmental Performance

Posted by: Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics & Economic Policy on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 3:00:00 pm
For over a decade, SIA has worked with member companies to collect environmental data concerning the U.S. semiconductor industry. These surveys, which are the cornerstone of ...

Advanced Semiconductors Enable Cleaner, More Efficient Use of Energy

Posted by: David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 4:00:00 pm
Two recent articles illustrate the many ways in which advancements in semiconductors can promote energy efficiency and clean energy. One article from Green Car Reports, ...

Prosecution of Counterfeit Chip Trafficker Marks Step Forward in Fight Against Semiconductor Counterfeiting

Posted by: Dustin Todd, Director, Government Affairs on Friday, June 6, 2014 at 11:00:00 am
This week, 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 ...

U.S. Semiconductor Workplaces Far Safer Than National Average

Posted by: Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics & Economic Policy on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 12:00:00 pm
The U.S. semiconductor industry continues to enjoy a strong workplace safety record, with a significantly lower rate of on-the-job injuries and illnesses than the overall ...

Projected GDP Growth Bodes Well for Semiconductor Sales

Posted by: Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics & Economic Policy on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 11:00:00 am
In its most recent World Economic Outlook published last month, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecasts global GDP growth of 3.6 percent in 2014 and 3.9 percent in ...

Global Semiconductor Industry Urges ITA Expansion Breakthrough at APEC Trade Meeting

Posted by: Devi Keller, Deputy Director, Global Policy on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 11:00:00 am
In a letter released today, the World Semiconductor Council (WSC) -- representing semiconductor industry leaders in China, Chinese Taipei, Europe, Japan, Korea and the United ...

Semiconductor Market Maintains Momentum at Start of 2014

Posted by: Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics & Economic Policy on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 12:00:00 pm
As SIA reported earlier this month, worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $78.47 billion during the first quarter of 2014, marking the industry’s highest-ever first ...

Administration Announces Steps to Attract Skilled Workers, Researchers

Posted by: Brian Toohey, SIA President & CEO on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 5:00:00 pm
Today, the Obama Administration announced two new initiatives that would help enable highly skilled workers and researchers from around the world to contribute to the U.S. ...

Government Report Highlights Semiconductor Industry's Key Intellectual Property Concerns

Posted by: Devi Keller, Deputy Director, Global Policy on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 4:00:00 pm
The semiconductor industry plays a critical role in driving U.S. innovation. For example, American semiconductor companies invested $32 billion in research and development in ...

Three Reasons Congress Should Close the Innovation Deficit

Posted by: Dustin Todd, Director, Government Affairs on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 3:00:00 pm
The Senate Appropriations Committee held a hearing today about the need to close America’s innovation deficit – the gap between needed and actual federal ...

Semiconductor Industry Representative Urges Proper Implementation of R&D Tax Credit

Posted by: Joe Pasetti, Director, Government Affairs on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 3:00:00 pm
Ensuring the appropriate implementation of tax policies related to the research and development (R&D) credit is of critical importance to the U.S. semiconductor industry. ...

Shortage of H-1B Visas Hampers U.S. Job Creation, Innovation

Posted by: Dustin Todd, Director, Government Affairs on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 10:00:00 am
A broad coalition of tech industry leaders – including SIA – today launched a video explaining the negative effects of dysfunctional immigration laws on the U.S. ...

Computers Remained Top Semiconductor End Use Market in 2013; Communications Growing Fast

Posted by: Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics & Economic Policy on Monday, March 24, 2014 at 4:00:00 pm
The World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization recently published the 2013 Semiconductor End-Use Report, which breaks down sales by end-use and regional ...

SIA Works with U.S. Customs to Combat Counterfeit Semiconductors

Posted by: Dustin Todd, Director, Government Affairs on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 2:00:00 pm
America depends on semiconductors, the tiny chips that enable all electronics. But like other products, semiconductors can be counterfeited, and these counterfeits can end ...

Three Steps Congress Can Take Now to Spur U.S. Innovation

Posted by: David Isaacs, VP Government Affairs on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 12:00:00 pm
The semiconductor industry has long been vital player in driving U.S. innovation. For example, American semiconductor companies invested $32 billion in research and ...

SIA Promotes STEM Education through Discover Engineering Family Day

Posted by: Devi Keller, Deputy Director, Global Policy on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 3:00:00 pm
Strengthening America’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education is a perennial priority for SIA. SIA has long engaged in efforts to ensure that the ...

SIA Highlights IP Concerns in Key Markets

Posted by: Devi Keller, Deputy Director, Global Policy on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 5:00:00 pm
SIA recently submitted written comments for the 2014 Special 301 Review, an annual report issued by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) addressing the adequacy ...

GAO: Nanomanufacturing Critical to U.S. Innovation, Competitiveness

Posted by: Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics & Economic Policy on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 2:00:00 pm
Today’s technology has enabled the creation of electronic devices that are more powerful, less costly, and more compact than ever before. As these products get smaller ...

Chip-Enabled Vehicle Communication Technology Could Save Lives

Posted by: Joe Pasetti, Director, Government Affairs on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 11:00:00 am
This week, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that it will begin taking steps to enable vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology in an effort to promote ...

S.1600: A Proactive Approach to Supply Chain Security

Posted by: David Isaacs, VP Government Affairs on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 12:00:00 am
After the near miss that our industry had with the scheduled shut down of the Federal Helium Reserve, we keep a very close eye on the intricate supply chain for semiconductor ...

Trade Promotion Authority Legislation Will Help Deliver Economy-Boosting Trade Agreements

Posted by: Brian Toohey, SIA President & CEO on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 5:00:00 pm
Last week, a bipartisan group of leaders from the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee introduced Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation that ...

New Research Collaboration Will Help Combat Potential Semiconductor Security Threats

Posted by: Dustin Todd, Director, Government Affairs on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 1:00:00 pm
The potential threat of security-compromised semiconductors is of growing concern to the Department of Defense, U.S. national security, and our industry. While the threat may ...

Government's DNA Marking Requirement Increases Risks of Counterfeit Chips

Posted by: Dustin Todd, Director, Government Affairs on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 11:00:00 am
America runs on semiconductors, the tiny chips that enable all electronics. But like many products, semiconductors can be counterfeited, and these counterfeits can end up in ...

Restoring Domestic Supply of Critical Minerals Will Strengthen U.S. Semiconductor Industry

Posted by: David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 2:00:00 pm
Last month, the semiconductor industry and many other sectors breathed a collective sigh of relief when Congress approved legislation to secure the supply of helium, a gas ...

SIA Commends Introduction of Legislation to Reduce Abusive Patent Litigation

Posted by: David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 5:00:00 pm
In a statement released today, SIA commended House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) for his leadership in introducing the “Innovation Act” (H.R. ...

Enactment of Helium Legislation Strengthens American Manufacturing

Posted by: Brian Toohey, SIA President & CEO on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 12:00:00 pm
Today is National Manufacturing Day, a time to shine a light on the critical role that manufacturing plays in boosting America’s economic strength, job creation, and ...

House Approves Helium Bill, Sends Back to Senate as Deadline Approaches

Posted by: David Isaacs, VP, Government Affairs on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 8:00:00 pm
Helium legislation continues to bounce between the House and Senate, with both chambers overwhelmingly approving similar bills in recent days as the Oct. 1 deadline for final ...

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